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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Please complete the online registration on Clemson's Marketplace. Add the Carolina Yards online course to your "cart" and check out by filling in all of the required information. The online registration is a secure site. Register by clicking HERE, or by clicking the "Register Now" button at the top right of your screen.

What specific materials are included with registration?

With registration you will receive:

      • Carolina Yardstick Workbook
      • Rain Gauge
      • Home Composting Made Easy Booklet
      • Be a Friend to Pollinators Booklet
      • Bringing Nature Home book by Doug Tallamy
      • Soil sample bag
      • Additional yard and garden information and materials

When will I receive my registration materials?

  • Registration materials should arrive just prior to the start of the course.  If you register close to the course start date, please allow up to 10 days for your registration materials to arrive.

Can anyone take this course?

The Carolina Yards online course is a statewide course opened to residents of the state of South Carolina. Any SC resident can take the course. However, in order to achieve “yard certification,” you must have a yard. This course is not recommended for apartment/condo dwellers or tenants who do not have permission or the ability to complete yard activities.

How will I know if I am registered for the course?

The registration system allows you to complete the registration form and pay the course fee all at one time. Once you complete registration, you will receive an email confirmation. The email confirmation will provide you with additional information to help you get started with the course.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration generally closes 10 days prior to the start of the course.  A specific date will be posted here once the course dates are announced.

When do I need to start the course?

Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation providing you with the steps necessary to log in to the virtual classroom. You can log in at any time after registering, however the first module will not be available until the course start date. Introductory course materials will be available in the classroom before the course start date. After the course start date, you can begin to access the course content as it becomes available anytime you wish.

How do the modules work?

The modules have been designed to help you move through the course in a logical manner. We recommend that you complete the modules in order. A new module will open on the same day each week. For example, if the course begins on a Thursday, then a module will be released Thursday of each week until all five have been released. This way, you will have a week to spend on the module before the next one is released. However, once a module has been released, it will remain available for the remainder of the course, so you can always go back until the course closes.

When will the course close?

The course will close five weeks after the first module is released.

Will I be able to interact with other course participants?

Yes, when you login to the classroom you will be able to create an online profile. You can upload an image of yourself, list your interests, and provide additional information about yourself. There are discussion forums and chat rooms that will allow you to interact with your peers. We will give you an opportunity to introduce yourself to the class. You will be able to interact with other participants – including the Clemson Extension Agents - as much or as little as you wish.

How many participants will be enrolled in this course?

The number of participants will vary, but we will accept no more than 50 participants at one time.

What are “yard activities?”

The Carolina Yards program assists residents of South Carolina implement and maintain environmentally friendly and low maintenance landscape techniques. There are 55 yard activities, which we refer to as "actions" in this course.

How will my participation in this course help protect the environment?

There are many yard practices that have negative environmental consequences that homeowners are unaware of. This is because the results of our yard care practices This course will teach you yard actions that will help you minimize your environmental “footprint.” These activities will not only help protect the environment, but can also lower the time and money you spend on landscape chores.

How often is the Carolina Yards online course offered?

The Carolina Yards online course will be offered statewide one or two times per year, likely in the spring and/or fall.

Are there other Carolina Yards trainings throughout the year?

This is the only “complete” Carolina Yards training, however there are many other Carolina Yards in person workshops and other related events throughout the year. Click HERE to find other related events and further information on what may be happening near you.

What is the online course management software?

In order to access the course, you will create a username and password and log in to eXtension’s “Moodle” classroom. All participants will enter the same “virtual classroom” where you will be able to access all course materials and interact with each other. Moodle is a user friendly site. However, there will be activities in the introductory module to help you become more familiar with the software used in this course.

Are there teachers for this course?

There will be at least one Clemson Extension Agent that will guide the course, possibly even two or three! The agent will be monitoring the course and checking in with the discussion forums to answer questions and to encourage conversation. This agent will serve as your “teacher” and be your direct contact should you have any questions or problems. Other Clemson Extension Agents may be available during the course for questions and to take part in discussion. Please remember you can always contact your local Clemson Extension office. Click HERE to locate your county office.

What if I need help during the course?

Clemson Extension Agents will be able to help you if you have any problems or questions at any point during the course. Upon registration, you will be provided with an agent’s contact information, so that you can ask questions via email or phone. You can also seek help from your peers through the discussion forums and from your local county Extension office. Click HERE to locate your county office.