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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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Wildfire Mitigation Grant- There is still room in this program, ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW

Work must be complete by Sept. 30, 2019.  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.


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.


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:


New Thermal Camera available- for FREE  (with a refundable deposit)

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.