Discussion course

Discussion course coverWould you like to be a good steward of your home landscape? Would you like to provide habitat for wildlife and create a healthy, joyful yard for people, too?

Caring for Our Piece of the Earth is a FREE six-session discussion course that will help you learn about these issues and to learn how to create an earth-friendly yard.

Participating in the course also provides a welcome opportunity to have thoughtful conversations with fellow community members about something that matters: supporting life on earth, beginning right in your own yard, neighborhood, and community.

Janet Allen, the author, would appreciate your feedback. Please contact her to let her know you’re using it, comments on your experience, or with any errors or typos you encounter. Thanks!

Organizing a course

You’re welcome to study the course materials on your own, but it’s more useful — and more fun! — to study the course in a group.

A group of eight to twelve people is ideal, but smaller or even larger groups can work, too.

This is a self-facilitated course, which means there is no official teacher aside from the materials themselves. Anyone can organize a course! It’s not difficult or time-consuming.

Advice about organizing a course is in the Introduction (below). It describes the roles of Course Coordinator, Session Facilitator, and the optional roles of Opener and Notetaker.



You might find this one-page Course Description poster useful in recruiting participants.







Streamlined posterOr you could use this streamlined poster alone or in combination with the previous poster.


The course files

The files for the course are below. There are two versions of each session to accommodate people’s varying computer resources. The content, however, in each version is the same.

  • PDF file: As with other PDF files, you can also open them on the computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can even open them in iBooks (and probably in some other e-readers), though they don’t have the extra features of a true iBook.
  • Lo-res PDF file: Recommended if you have slow internet service since the file size is much smaller, but the images are not as sharp.


If you prefer an iBook, search in the iTunes store for “Caring for Our Piece of the Earth” or search for “Janet Allen.” iBooks have a Table of Contents, can be highlighted, and have other capabilities PDF files don’t have.

PDF files for each session

Depending on your computer and internet, these may take a while to download, but they only need to be downloaded once.

Smaller PDF files:

Same content, but lower quality images; faster downloads.

Other discussion courses

This course is modeled on the courses available at the Northwest Earth Institute. I encourage you and your group to explore their offerings when you complete this course.