Colorado State University Extension

Colorado State University Extension in Jefferson County (CSU Extension) provides information and education and encourages citizens to apply CSU Extensionresearch-based knowledge to local needs. The local Extension determines what issues, concerns, and needs are unique to Jefferson County, and offers sound, effective solutions. Whether you have a question about financial literacy, nutrition, weeds, pests or gardens, 4-H youth development, native plants, or natural resources, CSU Extension can connect you to the latest, most accurate data.

For over 100 years, Extension has helped people in Colorado find the answers they need—for a healthy home life and successful business. In addition to local resources in the Extension office on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, our partners at extension offer access to a nation-wide network of professionals who can help answer specific questions and solve distinctive problems. See more about CSU Extension in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Extension programs

4-H Summer Camps

Jefferson County 4-H offers the award-winning ENOR summer day camp programs for kids going into the 4th through 6th grades plus a new camp for kids going into 7th through 9th graders.

4-H Youth Development

The primary goal of 4-H is to assist youth in developing life skills that help them live productive and satisfying lives. 4-H projects include robotics, rocketry and other topics of current interest.  A mentoring program, Youth and Family with Promise through the national Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is offered out of school time at several school locations, matching youth with a mentor in a group mentoring situation.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Classes provide science-based information on topics such as bankruptcy, divorce, disability, living on fixed income, planning, spending, saving and investing skills.  Cottage food safety certification and other nutrition-related classes are offered.

Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI)

Intensive 20-session series for adults and teens that develops effective civic leaders for healthy families and communities.  FLTI graduates learn how to utilize information and resources, while working together with others of different viewpoints, to improve their communities.

Horticulture – Yard and Garden, Urban Agriculture

Your source for horticultural programs and classes, gardening help, plant diagnostics and the LawnCheck program. Local food and local food production are researched and supported through training and hands-on experience.

Natural Resources and Native Plant Master Program

Learn about the natural world around us, hardening for fire, wildlife, water conservation, forest health, plants native to Colorado, sustainable landscapes and threats to native ecosystems from invasive weeds.

Urban Agriculture

Recognizing the movement towards local food and local food production, Jefferson County Extension participates in regional efforts to provide research-based information and education on this topic.