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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

Virtual Tour of Historic Central City 

August 11, 2022 at 5 pm 

Gilpin County Recreation Center, 250 Norton Dr. Black Hawk, CO  

Attend in person or virtually- virtual attendance link –

Join us to learn more about CSU’s Internship project on historic Central City buildings. Take a virtual tour to explore unseen interiors of historic buildings. Experience history in a new way and discover free educational materials. Great for ages 8 and up. More info here

Gilpin Archwood 4-H Horse Show/Gymkhana Buckle Series Part 3 

August 21, registration starts at 8 am  

Gilpin Fairgrounds Allen Memorial Arena 

Cody and Shelby Memorial Horse Show Buckle Series Open 4H show is hosted by Gilpin Archwood 4-H. This is the final show of our 3-part series. All awards will be given out at the end of the day.

Gilpin Horse Show 2022 Flyer

Community Garden Harvest Celebration and Public Open House 

When: Sept 10, 2022 at 9:30 am

Where: Gilpin County Community Garden at the Fairgrounds 

Join CSU Extension to celebrate the end of summer at the community garden. Master Gardeners will share what fun crops to grow, unique varieties to try, and best practices for mountain gardening. Meet other gardeners and see what is growing in garden plots. Hear successes and lessons learned from other mountain gardeners.

Community gardeners:

  • Come and celebrate your harvest and show off your garden plots.
  • Share lessons learned.


  • Learn what crops grow at 9,300 feet.
  • Meet other gardeners.
  • Learn how to grow at the community garden next year.

Fairgrounds Frenzy!

September 10th 9:30a.m. – 5p.m.

2022 Fairgrounds Frenzy Flyer

Recorded Webinars

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.   

Extension Office is Open Under Strict Guidelines

Visits are by appointment only.