Welcome to Gilpin County Extension
The CSU Extension in Gilpin County helps mountain residents of all ages improve their quality of life by offering a website, classes, and programs, that provide unbiased, research-based information on forestry, wildfire, wildlife, mountain gardening, noxious weeds and many other issues.
Through our 4-H club, 4-H afterschool programs and school enrichment, we help youth develop life skills and to become more interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning.
Irene Shonle Director/Agent: M-Th 8:00-4:30
Heather Pearce Office Assistant: M-F 8:00-4:30
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New fact sheet -- do you have voles or Pocket Gophers?
Mountain gardening blog with Gilpin and Jeffco Master Gardeners.
- 4-H STEM Afterschool - Every Mon. & Wed. K-5th $6/day 4:30-6:00pm Must register: Gilpin Rec Center 303-582-1453
- 4H Summer Explorers - Saturdays 9-noon for youth 8-18. Various topics, including BMX (help design the course!)
- Lunch n’Learn Energy Webinar May 10 noon. Clean Power Plan, including the recent stay issued by the Supreme Court and how that may impact Colorado and other Western states. Register here.
- Colorado Master Gardener booth (ask your gardening questions) at Wild Bear Ecology Center in Nederland:
May 14 10 - noon
May 21 10 - noon
June 11 10 - noon
June 18 10 - noon
- Colorado Master Gardener Booth at Ace Hardware in Nederland::
May 28th –10-2
May 29th 12-3
June 12th 12- 3
June 19 12-3
- Mountain Plant Sale Saturday, June 4 9:00am sharp Gilpin Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.) New plants!
- Habitat Hero Gardens for the Mountains $ 5 Saturday, June 11 10:00am Sponsored by Wild Bear Ecology Center (20 Lakeview Dr #107, Nederland) Learn to create a garden designed to attract and benefit songbirds and pollinators. Please RSVP 303-582-9106
- Pasture & Manure Management for the Mountains $10 Saturday, June 11 1:30-4:00 Rudolph Ranch (70 Rudolph Ranch) Learn how grasses grow and how to apply basic management strategies. Learn to ID plants in your pasture, and which are toxic. Explore manure uses and methods of disposal. MUST RSVP by June 8 303-582-9106
- Creating a Weed Plan for your Mountain Property free Saturday, June 18 10:00-12:00 Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.) Create your own weed control plan including things to consider, monitoring, weed ID and timing of control. MUST RSVP by June 16 303-582-9106
- Plants and Pollinators Walk $5 Saturday, June 18th 1:00-2:30 pm. Leave from the Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.) In honor of pollinator week, we will be taking a slow, easy wildflower stroll. We will identify plants and discuss the different ways in which plants attract pollinators. We will see how many different pollinators we can find on the plants.
- Youth Mountain to Metro 4-H Adventure June 21&22 $50 Must register, applications due June 3 Ages 10-12 – spaces going fast!
- Weed ID & Control free Saturday, July 9 1:00-3:00 Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.)
- Native Plant Master Field Course East Portal July 12th, 19th, 26th. Taught by Irene Shonle. Register here
- Living in the Mountains Class save-the-date: August 13th – we will cover a wide range of topics, from septic/well to evacuation and more.
- HEAL (Home Energy Audit Loan) Kits are now available for borrow- including a thermal leak detector! Call us at 303-582-9106.