Forest Stewardship & Ecology

Available for FREE worldwide for anyone to learn the basic patterns and processes of forested landscapes

This FREE course walks you through the foundations of forest ecology and management, on your own time. Explore one topic per week, or one per day!

While the content is presented in the context of the Northeastern North American woodland, the patterns and approach will benefit forest dwellers anywhere who want to learn more about the woods around them and how they can be active stewards of the forested landscape.

Each lesson features video lectures, readings, resources, and skill building activities for your to practice in your woods or a local park or preserve.

See more of our live events (online and in person) as well as articles, videos, etc to continue your learning at and

Your Instructor

Steve Gabriel
Steve Gabriel

Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the US.

Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of farmers and land managers about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology and the bottom line of the farm.

He is Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and has served as guest faculty at Cornell University, Sterling College, Paul Smiths College, and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.

Alongside his wife, Elizabeth, he co-stewards Wellspring Forest Farm, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems.

Steve co-authored Farming the Woods with Ken Mudge in 2014, and is author of the new book Silvopasture, released in 2018.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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