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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 through leadership opportunities.

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Classes and Events

April 15, 2023 

Soil Amendments for Gardeners

10 am – Noon 

Gilpin Library with Virtual Option

Join CSU Extension to learn more about soil health and fertility.

  • Discuss why soil nutrition is important for growing vegetables
  • Learn about organic and conventional soil amendments available for gardeners
  • Discover easy techniques for achieving more productive soils
  • Master soil health principles

In-person attendees do not need to register. Arrive 10 minutes before class starts at Gilpin Library, 15131 Hwy 119, Black Hawk, CO.

If you wish to attend virtually, register here to receive a link to attend.

If you have missed any of our classes please be sure to check out our recorded webinars below!

Recorded Webinars

Radon, Well and Septic Systems in the Mountains 3/21/23

Mountain Pine Beetle Workshop Webinar 1/11/23

Virtual Tour of Historic Central City

Wildfires & Watersheds

Wildfire Forecast and Preparation in the Peak to Peak Region 4/19/21

Rollins Pass: Culture and History on Rollins Pass 3/15/21 

Rollins Pass: Flora and Fauna of Rollins Pass 3/22/21 

Wildfire Preparedness Webinar 

Mountain Gardening Webinar

Fire Ecology and Behavior –  Tony Cheng PhD, Professor, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University and Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. Watch the recording here

Defensible Space and Home Hardening – Daniel Beveridge, Wildfire Mitigation Program Specialist, Colorado State Forest Service. Watch the recording here.

Fire Resistant Landscaping – Irene Shonle PhD, Horticulture Associate, Colorado State University Extension – El Paso County. Watch recording here.

Evacuation Preparedness and Animal Evacuation –  Ragan Adams DVM, Coordinator, Veterinary Extension Specialist Group College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University Sharon Bokan, Small Acreage Coordinator, Colorado State University Extension – Boulder County. Watch recording here.

Check back for more upcoming classes and events!

Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.  If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please notify Gilpin Extension before the event.  Contact us for information about financial assistance. Colorado State University Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating.   

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