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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Wildfire Mitigation Grant- IS NOW FULL!

Please see the Gilpin County Mitigation page for more information.

Native Plant Master Programs:

Discover the beauty and sustainable benefits of Colorado native plants through M2M’s Native Plant Master program.  Be one of the first to reserve a spot for 2018 offerings at

Native plants provide wonderful benefits such as attracting pollinators, reducing watering needs, and increasing the overall sustainability of your garden.  This year we are excited to offer several classes focused on the relationship of native plants and birds.

2018 offerings include a wide range of classes in the classroom and the field.  We also will offer a webinar, basic botany courses, and classes to help you successfully grow native plants.

This year we are excited to partner with Cherokee Ranch,Audubon Society of Greater Denver, and Denver Botanic Gardens.

4-H:If you have school-age children, there are lots of opportunities in our STEAM afterschool programming with our partnerships  through the Community Center and the Library.

Our robotics kids are having a great time with both the WeDo2 and EV3 legos kits. We have joined with FIRST League as a Jr Team and will be going to the Exposition at Alexander Dawson school in April 2018. In the meantime, we will be working with our WeDo2 kits on the Inspire Project – Aqua World – to learn about water in our community and come up with a solution to help provide and keep water in our landscape.  We meet 4:30-6:00pm every Thursday at the Library and provide transportation from the bus drop at the Rec Center to the Library, parent pick up is at the Library.

Our afterschool program from 4:15 – 6:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and 10:00am-noon on Friday at the Gilpin Community Center (Rec Center) is continuing with some exciting new projects. The bus drops afterschool kids at the Rec Center but you must preregister and pay for the Rec Center afterschool program. We hope to offer some programs to the older kids who come to the Rec center soon. Our themes for the spring are: Mechanical Mondays which are continuing on the subjects we explored in Aeronautics and expanding to building more mechanical objects; Wildlife Wednesdays where we will be exploring wildlife and their habitats; and Fitness & Food Fridays as we continue our “microwave magic” food preparations and also participate in fitness activities such as yoga, running, indoor soccer, basketball, hikes and more.

The County has a brand new website – and new web address as well – the old one no longer works:   Check out the new calendar to see what’s going on in Gilpin County:

County emails are also being updated to match – we have a new email for the Extension Office Assistant:  Irene’s email ( will stay the same, as it goes through CSU.  Other county emails will match (they will not be anymore – they will be

New Thermal Camera available- for FREE

Thermal imageA thermal camera has been added to the already popular Home Energy Audit Loan Kit! FLIR Thermal Camera video Use the entire kit to find energy leaks and inefficiencies in your home to help you save energy and money. Call the Extension Office to reserve a Kit for free: 303-582-9106. Borrowing the Thermal Camera requires a $100 fully-refundable deposit. Find more information on HEAL Kits here.


Rainwater Collection is now legal!

Get more information on collecting rainwater.