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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 and to become more interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning.

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Gilpin County Fire Mitigation Grant- Need a little help with your fire mitigation efforts? 

There is space for 3 more participants in our Fire Mitigation Grant program, and you will need to get your work done by Sept. 30 to qualify.  Contact our office ASAP for more information.

Please see the Gilpin County Mitigation page for more information.

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds invade our lands and displace desirable plants.  With all the rains and sunshine noxious weeds will be quickly growing.  Contact us (send a picture or call the office) if you need help identifying, and remember we have the Weed Sprayer program available to Gilpin County residents.  See some of the noxious weeds here in Gilpin County.  Also, these brochures can help with telling noxious weeds from good native plants- Noxious weed look alikes or Most unwanted weeds brochure. Come to our Weed ID and Control class July 2 at 6:30pm for more direct information and support in dealing with those pesky weeds.

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)

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.

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