Visit our Colorado State Extension office for more news, tools and resources.

Close Icon
   
Arapahoe County Extension provides trusted, practical education to help you solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

This calendar is a list of all public event and classes offered by Arapahoe County Extension. Some of the virtual classes may be offered by Extension offices in partnering counties. Other events may be offered that are closed to the public and available to program participants (e.g. 4-H members, Colorado Master Gardeners). Click here if you are interested in becoming a 4-H member, Colorado Master Gardener or Native Plant Master volunteer.

You may also request a program for your organization or school. Options for adults are youth are available.  

For questions, please email CSU-Extension@arapahoegov.com or call the office at 303-730-1920.

To view other great programs Arapahoe County Extension has offered, please visit our Past Events page!


June


2024 NPM Course -Dawson Butte Open Space – June 11,13 & 20- 9:00am-1:00pm $125.00 Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space in Douglas County has a total of over 7 miles of wide and mostly flat trails which meander through forests and meadows with spectacular views and an amazing array of wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Class hikes are approximately one mile in length. This NPM course at Dawson Butte Open Space takes you through forests and meadows with spectacular views and amazing wildflowers and shrubs. More information and registration HERE
2024 NPM Course Aurora Reservoir – June 14, 21, and 28 7:30am – 12:00pm $125.00 Join us for this new course location for the Native Plant Master Program! You will learn about 45+ Colorado native plants at this location. The month of June at Aurora Reservoir brings great diversity. With nearly 1,000 acres of open space surrounding 800 acres of water, this class provides the opportunity to learn a variety of upland, facultative, and obligate riparian-wetland plant species. Class hikes will be 2-3 miles round trip on a combination of concrete path and gravel trail. Participant entry fees for the Aurora Reservoir are waived compliments of the city of Aurora Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Department. SOLD OUT
2024 N2024 Native Grass ID Workshop – Saturday, June 22 10:00am – 1:00pm $5.00 Join us for an informative workshop about Colorado native grasses! This will be held in the AG building at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa. Your instructors will be Raylene Owen and Heather Koch, Native Plant Master trainers. The first half of this workshop will be a classroom presentation about Colorado native grasses and grass anatomy, including how to tell grasses apart from dicots, rushes and sedges. The second portion of the class will be a hands- on lab where you will learn sight identification and characteristics of 10 common Colorado grasses, along with some anatomical dissection. If time allows and there is interest, there will be a short walk around the fairgrounds to identify grasses in the field. This course does not count toward the Native Plant Master certification. Register HERE
Xeriscaping and Waterwise Gardening Tuesday, June 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) $15.00 Arapahoe County Master Gardeners will provide an overview of what water wise landscaping is all about and how you can implement water savings in your own yard with the right techniques and xeric plants. More information and Registration HERE

Managing Diabetes for Athletes and Active Lifestyles Monday June 24, 12:00-1:00 pm

  • Topics will include: * How to avoid highs and lows during and after exercise * Specific considerations for Type-1 versus Type-2 * How to manage the combination of exercise and diabetes medications.
  • Hosted by Dr. Barry Braun, CSU Department of Health & Exercise Science 
  • 8 NE CO sites are holding viewing parties and there will be a live webinar broadcast
  • Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diabetes-webinar-tickets-910842974857
  • For more information, contact Joy Akey (joy.akey@colostate.edu)



Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and
Brain Health: What You Really Need to Know
Tuesday June 25, 12:00 – 1:30 pm This webinar is designed to advance brain health education for all Coloradoans in partnership with Colorado State University Extension, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Colorado Department of Health & Environment’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Coalition. Featuring Kelly Osthoff, Senior Director of Programs, Alzheimer’s Association Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom For more information, contact Ginger Williams (ginger.williams@colostate.edu)

Cottage Food Safety Training -June 14, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m $50.00 This food safety webinar meets the food safety-training requirements in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a home based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Participants also learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act guidelines and best practices. Participants learn the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; proper sanitation requirements, storage, transporting products and sales requirements. Upon completion of the webinar and passing the accompanying exam, participants receive a 3-year food safety certificate. Proof of attending an approved food safety training is required by most Colorado Market managers. Registration closes 5 days prior to the workshop. Register HERE
Introduction to CMG Demonstrations – June 29, 10:00 am  Join us at our Cheyenne-Arapaho Park Community Garden (9200 E Iowa Ave, Denver, CO 80247) to learn about the vegetable gardening demonstrations we will be tending to for the 2024 season!
Weeds with Courtney June 29 9:00-10:00 Silo Park Demonstration Garden 9300 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, Co 80111 Join us for an informative talk about weeds. We will discuss best practices for combating weeds in your yard and garden and you will learn about noxious weeds and how to eradicate them.

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120)- Demo Garden Arapahoe County Master Gardeners- Saturday, June 15, Drop by anytime between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Free but registration is requested. Register HERE

“What is Companion Planting and Does it Work?” Hudson Gardens Demo Gardens (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) Saturday, June 15, 9:30-10:30am.- FREE Join the Arapahoe County Master Gardeners for an informal class at the Vegetable Garden on this topic. You might be surprised by what you find out. Please Register HERE
Pickle Workshop Wednesdays, June 19 or 26 · 5:30 – 7pm MDT Learn how to make your own quick and lacto-fermented pickles in this free pickle workshop! This class (open to ages 12 and up) is led by a food scientist who will teach the how-to of pickling, and a registered dietitian who will discuss the nutrition benefits of pickles! After completing this class you will leave with one jar of your own quick pickles, one jar of lacto-fermented pickles with take-home instructions, and a recipe packet. Register HERE

July


Saturday, July DATE TBD at 9:00: Lawn Care Free Clayton Elementary Community Garden 475 W Union Ave, Englewood, CO 80110
Pickle Workshop Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 or 31 (each workshop is one night)· 5:30 – 7pm MDT Learn how to make your own quick and lacto-fermented pickles in this free pickle workshop! This class (open to ages 12 and up) is led by a food scientist who will teach the how-to of pickling, and a registered dietitian who will discuss the nutrition benefits of pickles! After completing this class you will leave with one jar of your own quick pickles, one jar of lacto-fermented pickles with take-home instructions, and a recipe packet. Register HERE
2024 NPM Course at Roxborough State Park – July 9th, 16th and 23rd; 4-8pm $125.00 Take a Native Plant Master course at this state park with stunning red rock views and diverse plant communities. Explore the Gambel oak forest and wildflower-bordered trails during three outdoor field sessions where you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 – 50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and invasive plants that threaten native ecosystems. SOLD OUT
Baking With 4-H
July 9 – 11
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Ages 13-16 CSU Extension Office, Centennial
Camp Fee $165

Arapahoe County 4-H is offering a Baking Camp for youth ages 13 – 16. Youth will learn about food safety, baking techniques, and will have a Cookie Baking Contest on the final day. Campers will make a variety of recipes ranging from biscuits, scones, cookies, cakes, pies, and pizzas. Camp counselors and CSU Extension staff will provide baking feedback and assistance throughout the camp. Registration fee includes all ingredients and supplies, take home oven thermometer, measuring utensils, apron, and a camp shirt. Space is limited to 10 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will close June 7. Register HERE
Cottage Food Safety Training -July 12, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m $50.00 This food safety webinar meets the food safety-training requirements in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a home based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Participants also learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act guidelines and best practices. Participants learn the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; proper sanitation requirements, storage, transporting products and sales requirements. Upon completion of the webinar and passing the accompanying exam, participants receive a 3-year food safety certificate. Proof of attending an approved food safety training is required by most Colorado Market managers. Registration closes 5 days prior to the workshop. Register HERE
Pests and Diseases in the Vegetable Garden Tuesday, July 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) $15.00 Join Hudson Gardens and Arapahoe County Master Gardener Debbie Moody for an informative class about the most common pests and diseases in the vegetable garden and how to manage these problems. Information and Registration HERE

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120)- Demo Garden Free Arapahoe County Master Gardeners Wednesday, July 17, Drop in anytime between 9:00-11:00am. Please register HERE

Pests and Diseases in the Vegetable Garden Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m. Cheyenne Arapahoe Park (9200 E Iowa Ave, Denver, CO 80247) FREE Join Arapahoe County Master Gardeners for an informative class about the most common pests and diseases in the vegetable garden and how to manage these problems.
“What’s Bugging the Vegetable Garden?” Wednesday, July 17, Hudson Gardens Demo Garden 9:30-10:30am.-(6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) Pests in the vegetable garden can affect the growth of plants as well as decreasing the crop quantity. Join us to find out who are the most common pests in the vegetable garden. Free but registration is requested. Register HERE
Native plants and renewing gardens with Courtney July 27, 9:00 – 10:00 am Silo Park Demonstration Garden 9300 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, Co 80111 Join us for an informative talk about native plants. Come learn what all the buzz is about with native plants and how you can renew your own garden using natives to benefit our native pollinators.

August


Pickle Workshop Wednesday ,August 7 5:30 – 7pm MDT Learn how to make your own quick and lacto-fermented pickles in this free pickle workshop! This class (open to ages 12 and up) is led by a food scientist who will teach the how-to of pickling, and a registered dietitian who will discuss the nutrition benefits of pickles! After completing this class you will leave with one jar of your own quick pickles, one jar of lacto-fermented pickles with take-home instructions, and a recipe packet. Register HERE
Creating Pollinator Habitat Saturday, August 3, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Hudson Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) $30.00 Arapahoe County Master Gardener Ron Hogan will teach you all about what pollinators need to survive and how to grow a garden where they will flourish! This class will cover all you need to know and what to grow to get your garden buzzing. Register HERE
Pollinators August 3 10:00 a.m. Littleton Pea Patch (2171 W Shepperd Avenue, Littleton, CO) Our Colorado birds and pollinators have depended on native plants for millennia. Join Colorado Master Gardeners who will teach you all about this relationship and which Colorado native plants are best for our birds and pollinators.
Cottage Food Safety Training -August 9, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m $50.00 This food safety webinar meets the food safety-training requirements in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a home based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Participants also learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act guidelines and best practices. Participants learn the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; proper sanitation requirements, storage, transporting products and sales requirements. Upon completion of the webinar and passing the accompanying exam, participants receive a 3-year food safety certificate. Proof of attending an approved food safety training is required by most Colorado Market managers. Registration closes 5 days prior to the workshop. Register HERE
Saturday, August 10th at 9:00: Emerald Ash Borer Free Clayton Elementary Community Garden 475 W Union Ave, Englewood, CO 80110

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens- Demo Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) Arapahoe County Master Gardeners Wednesday, August 21. Feel free to drop in anytime from 9:00-11:00am. Free but registration is requested. Register HERE

“Extending the Vegetable Growing Season”. Hudson Gardens Demo Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) Wednesday, August 21, 9:30-10:30am- FREE Want to start your growing season early or extend it into the winter months? Join the Arapahoe County Master Gardeners to learn how to do exactly that. Free but registration is requested. Register HERE

September


Cottage Food Safety Training -September 6, 2024 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m $50.00 This food safety webinar meets the food safety-training requirements in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a home based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Participants also learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act guidelines and best practices. Participants learn the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; proper sanitation requirements, storage, transporting products and sales requirements. Upon completion of the webinar and passing the accompanying exam, participants receive a 3-year food safety certificate. Proof of attending an approved food safety training is required by most Colorado Market managers. Registration closes 5 days prior to the workshop. Register HERE
Putting the Garden to Bed & Evaluation of CMG Demonstrations  Sept 7, 10:00 am Cheyenne-Arapaho Park (9200 E Iowa Ave, Denver, CO 80247)
Fall Planted Bulbs Thursday, September 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden ( 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) $30.00 In this class, you will learn everything you need to know about how to plant, care for and maintain fall planted bulbs for springtime flowers. Come join Arapahoe County Master Gardeners who will show you how to create a springtime flower display in your yard with the right fall planted bulbs. (Speaker TBD or will be Dawn Fradkin) Registration COMING SOON
Putting the Garden to Bed & Evaluation of CMG Demonstrations  Sept 14, 10:00 am Littleton Pea Patch –2171 W Shepperd Avenue, Littleton, CO

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120)- Demo Garden Arapahoe County Master Gardeners Wednesday, September 18, Drop in anytime between 9:00-11:00 am. Free

“Importance of Fall Clean-up”. Wednesday, September 18, 9:30-10:30am Hudson Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) Demo Garden – Good fall, or end of the season, clean up is essential to keeping your soil healthy and decreasing any over wintering disease, weed, and pest issues. Let the Arapahoe County Master Gardeners give you some ideas on how to do a thorough job. Free but registration is requested.

October


Happy Houseplants Wednesday, October 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden (6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120) $30.00 Learn how houseplants can keep you gardening through the winter! Arapahoe County Master Gardener Donnetta Wilhelm will teach you all about how to grow and care for common houseplants and what to do about pests and diseases on indoor plants. Registration COMING SOON
Cottage Food Safety Training -October 17, 2024 6:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m $50.00 This food safety webinar meets the food safety-training requirements in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a home based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Participants also learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act guidelines and best practices. Participants learn the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; proper sanitation requirements, storage, transporting products and sales requirements. Upon completion of the webinar and passing the accompanying exam, participants receive a 3-year food safety certificate. Proof of attending an approved food safety training is required by most Colorado Market managers. Registration closes 5 days prior to the workshop. Register HERE

November


Cottage Food Safety Training -November 1, 2024 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m $50.00 This food safety webinar meets the food safety-training requirements in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a home based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Participants also learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act guidelines and best practices. Participants learn the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; proper sanitation requirements, storage, transporting products and sales requirements. Upon completion of the webinar and passing the accompanying exam, participants receive a 3-year food safety certificate. Proof of attending an approved food safety training is required by most Colorado Market managers. Registration closes 5 days prior to the workshop. Register HERE

Colorado State University Extension is an equal opportunity provider. | Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations. | CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension ensures meaningful access and equal opportunities to participate to individuals whose first language is not English.

Colorado State University Extension es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. | Colorado State University no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad y se compromete a proporcionar adaptaciones razonables. | Office of Engagement and Extension de CSU garantiza acceso significativo e igualdad de oportunidades para participar a las personas quienes su primer idioma no es el inglés.

Col.st/ll0t3