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 Special Programs through summer camp- 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!)
- Colorado Master Gardener booth (ask your gardening questions) at Wild Bear Ecology Center in Nederland:
June 11 10 - noon
June 18 10 - noon
- Colorado Master Gardener Booth at Ace Hardware in Nederland::
June 12th 12- 3
June 19 12-3
- 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 Sat June 11 1:30 pmcancelled due to lack of sign ups
- 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/emergency preparedness and more.
- HEAL (Home Energy Audit Loan) Kits are now available for borrow- including a thermal leak detector! Call us at 303-582-9106.