Welcome to Gilpin County Extension

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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

Phone: 303-582-9106


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Hot Topics

New fact sheet -- do you have voles or Pocket Gophers?

2015 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests

2016 Summer Classes

Home Energy Audit Loan (HEAL) Program borrow a Kill-a-watt power monitor, thermal leak detector, and flicker checker for free from our office to detect electricity waste and air leaks. 

Mountain gardening blog with Gilpin and Jeffco Master Gardeners.



Fact Sheets & Publications


  • 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.