Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Registration is offered online through Clemson's Marketplace and will be available in November 2018. 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.

What specific materials are included with registration?

With registration you will receive:

      • Carolina Yardstick Workbook
      • Carolina Yards 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 will be shipped on January 22 for those that registered by the advance registration deadline of January 18.
  • Registration materials for those registering after January 18 will be shipped on February 1.  You may begin the course even if your registration materials have not arrived.

Can anyone take this course?

The Carolina Yards online course is a statewide course open to anyone wanting to learn about environmentally friendly landscaping. However, in order to achieve a Certified Yard, you must have a yard in South Carolina. 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?

Once you complete the online registration, you will receive an email confirmation.

When is the registration deadline?

Early registration for the Spring 2019 class is available through January 18.  Late registration is available through January 31.

When do I need to start the course?

In addition to the registration confirmation, you will receive an email from the course coordinator with details about how to access the online course.  You will not be able to enter the course until the course start date.

How do the modules work?

The modules have been designed to help you move through the course in a logical manner. Two modules will be released each week.  You may move through them at your own pace but you may not skip ahead.

When will the course close?

The course will seven weeks after the first module is released.

Will I be able to interact with other course participants?

Yes! There are discussion forums in each module.  You are encouraged to interact with your peers and your facilitators.

How many participants will be enrolled in this course?

The number of participants will vary, but we will accept no more than 40 participants at one time.

What are “yard actions?”

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. Each action is worth 2 inches of credit.  A minimum of 36" of credit are need to obtain a Certified Carolina Yard.

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

There are many yard practices that have negative environmental consequences.  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.

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 “facilitator” 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.

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.