The CSU Extension in Gilpin County helps mountain residents 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 programs, we help youth develop life skills and to become more interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning.
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The Mitigation Grant is full!

We can take waitlist applications, but you will have to wait until we see whether everyone in the program uses their full amount, so it may be a few months before we know anything, and we may or may not have money available. If you have insurance issues, or just want to help protect your property, we would recommend going ahead and just doing the work even without grant funding– you may want to call Ben Pfohl at the Colorado State Forest Service (303-823-5774) to mark your property anyway, so you can get it to CSFS standards.  Even though we’ve had some moisture, don’t be complacent. It’s not IF, it’s WHEN.

Community Garden applications available… Check out our new raised beds!

2018 Community Garden application & policies

Low Tunnel Hoop Bender available

A Low Tunnel Hoop Bender is available for the public to use. Located on the picnic table outside of the Gilpin Extension Office, it bends conduit pipe into 3′ wide x 4′ tall hoops to help create a low tunnel for season extension. You are welcome to use the bender at your convenience. Please read the Hoop Bender instructions and watch the bending low tunnels video before using.

Rainwater Collection is now legal!

Get more information on collecting rainwater.

Living in Gilpin County

Powerpoint on Resources for living in Gilpin County (from the Living in Gilpin County workshop on Aug 13, 2016)

New fact sheets

Do you have voles or Pocket Gophers?

Forest Health Update

2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests

Mountain Gardening

Mountain gardening blog with mountain Master Gardeners