May 2017 - Metro

With the large number of cabin owners in the Twin Cities, as well as its central location within the state, the Metro cohort will focus on issues landowners face in several of Minnesota's unique biomes. 


Classes will meet over the course of 6 months both online and in person, and will follow a cohort model. Course topics and approximate timeline can be found on the course syllabus.


Online topics will be offered as a series of self-paced modules with exercises and group discussions, as well as several webinars scheduled throughout the course. Students will receive an email letting them know when the next module is open, and introducing the topic and objectives of that module.


Participants will also be expected to attend three in-person sessions throughout the year.

The first in-person session will be held in conjunction with Gathering Partners of Natural Resources, an annual conference co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Minnesota Master Naturalist programs. This year Gathering Partners will be held May 19-21 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Attendance on Saturday, May 20 is mandatory, and encouraged on Friday and Sunday but not required.

The second and third in-person sessions will be determined by the group. Registered participants will work with course instructors to pick a date and location that works best for everyone.

Curriculum and Objectives

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, participants will be able to:

  • consider the different reasons and ways to manage their woods
  • identify common trees and invasive plants
  • map their property and conduct a woodland inventory
  • find and talk with natural resources professionals
  • select appropriate trees and know how to plant them
  • develop and refine goals for their property
  • discuss financial considerations of land ownership (including tax incentives and estate planning) with their family and financial/tax advisors
  • serve as a mentor to other private woodland owners


The University of Minnesota employs two different registration systems, one for courses and one for conferences. Because Master Woodland Owner includes both course and conference components, participants will be asked to complete registrations in each system. Registration cost for the online course is $195, and conference registration starts at $140 and up.

Course Registration

Cost for online course registration is $195.

Additional members of the same household or co-owners of the same property are eligible to receive a discounted registration for the course. Discount codes must be used at time of registration, and cannot be applied retroactively. Contact Emily Dombeck at or call 612-624-6709 for the discount code and registration instructions. 


Conference Registration

Our introductory in-person workshop will be held at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference, and attendance is required for successful completion of the program. 

Gathering Partners is a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and the Minnesota Master Naturalist program. It is a 3-day event being held May 19-21 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will offer educational opportunities and networking to over 300 people from across Minnesota.

Master Woodland Owners classes will be held in-person on Saturday, May 20 at the conference. Attendance on Friday and Sunday is encouraged but not required.

Cost for Saturday-only registration is $140. You may choose to add additional days and field trips during registration for an additional fee. Be sure to select the three Master Woodland Owner sessions on Saturday during your registration -- MWO Introduction, MWO Panel, and MWO Tree ID and Invasive Species.