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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!


February


All My Money- Money Management Series -February 6- February 15 – 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m FREE This series is especially good for those starting out on their own and people who are looking to get back on track with their money, but is open to anyone wanting to participate. A packet of handouts for each class will be mailed to participants before the series begins, and a Zoom link will be provided. Registration is required to attend and end 7 days prior. The topics covered are:
Session 1 (February 6) -Your Spending Personality and Spending Choices
Session 2 (February 8)-Tracking Your Spending
Session 3 – (February 13)-Spending Plans
Session 4 (February 15)-Saving Money Register HERE
Cottage Food Safety Training -February 23, 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
Indoor Seed Starting February 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m. FREE Located at Aurora Central Library.
Join for a fun workshop and leave with your own planted seeds! Colorado Master Gardener, Judy Cale will teach you how to start your own seeds indoors and there will be a hands on planting activity to demonstrate proper planting techniques. Register HERE

March


Xeric & Water Wise landscaping March 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. FREE Located at Aurora Central Library.
Join Colorado Master Gardener Judy Cale for an informative talk about Water Wise Landscaping and the necessary steps need to create a xeric landscape. Register HERE.

Seed Starting Workshop Monday March 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Hudson Garden $30.00 Join Hudson Gardens and Arapahoe County Master Gardener Judy Cale for a spring seed starting workshop where you will learn how to get a jump start on your growing season by starting your seeds indoors. You will learn all about how to properly start seeds, and participants will be planting your own seeds in a pot to take home. More information and registration HERE
Cottage Food Safety Training -March 12, 2024 – 5:00pm – 8:30 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
Food Preservation/Fermentation- Sauerkraut- March 27, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. $20.00. Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation. Fermented sauerkraut is a good source of both dietary fiber and probiotics, believed to improve digestion and gut health. Learn the art and science of fermenting your own sauerkraut in this hands-on workshop. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and chop some cabbage.
The workshop fee is $20.00 and includes taking home a jar of kraut to ferment at home.
Location: Jefferson County CSU Extension Office- 15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd – Unit C, Golden, CO 80401 Register HERE
Food Preservation/Fermentation- Sauerkraut- March 28, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. $20.00. Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation. Fermented sauerkraut is a good source of both dietary fiber and probiotics, believed to improve digestion and gut health. Learn the art and science of fermenting your own sauerkraut in this hands-on workshop. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and chop some cabbage. The workshop fee is $20.00 and includes taking home a jar of kraut to ferment at home.
Location: Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office- 6934 S Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112 Register HERE

April


Cottage Food Safety Training -April 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
Food Preservation/Fermentation with Kimchi -April 24 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. $20.00 In this class you will learn the principles and benefits of vegetable fermentation. Participate in a hands-on activity of starting a Kimchi ferment that you take home to finish. Price includes taking home a Kimchi start, and directions for making Kimchi, fermented pickles and sauerkraut. Pre-register at least 5 days in advance, so we have enough materials and equipment for everyone to participate. Location: Jefferson County CSU Extension Office- 15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd – Unit C, Golden, CO 80401 Register HERE
Food Preservation/Fermentation with Kimchi -April 25 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. $20.00 In this class you will learn the principles and benefits of vegetable fermentation. Participate in a hands-on activity of starting a Kimchi ferment that you take home to finish. Price includes taking home a Kimchi start, and directions for making Kimchi, fermented pickles and sauerkraut. Pre-register at least 5 days in advance, so we have enough materials and equipment for everyone to participate. Location: Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office- 6934 S. Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112 Register HERE
Container Gardening Workshop Saturday April 27, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Hudson Garden $30.00 Join Hudson Gardens and Arapahoe County Master Gardener Debbie Moody and learn about flower, vegetable and herb container gardening! We will show you how to choose a container, proper plants, soils, planting and maintenance. We will have a hands-on workshop where participants will plant a small container of flowers to take home. More information and registration HERE
Composting-April 30, 6:00-7:00 p.m. FREE Located at Aurora Central Library.
Join us for an informative talk about composting! Colorado Master Gardener, Andrea Briney will teach you everything you need to know about to create your own compost for your garden! Registration COMING SOON!

May


The BUZZ on Bees Wednesday May 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden $15.00 Humans depend on pollinators for about 1/3rd of our diet, and the most nutritious part of our diet including vegetables, fruits, and nuts. In Colorado, we have over 1,000 species of bees, 250 butterflies, approximately 1,000 species of moths, and more! We have an amazing amount of pollinator biodiversity in Colorado. How can we best support them? This workshop led by Lisa Mason, Arapahoe County CSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, will cover the basics on bees and pollinator conservation. Learn to identify specific groups of bees in your own gardens, and how you can attract them to your landscape (without the risk of stings)! Learn about exciting projects like the Native Bee Watch Community Science program at CSU Extension, and how CSU researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to help community scientists identify bees. More information and registration HERE
Cottage Food Safety Training -May 3, 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

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens Demo Gardens- Wednesday, May 15, 9:00am (if we are in the garden and weather allows) FREE but registration is requested. Registration COMING SOON

Food Preservation/Fermentation with Yogurt -May 15 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. $20.00 In this class you will learn the principles and benefits of vegetable fermentation. Participate in a hands-on activity of starting a Kimchi ferment that you take home to finish. Price includes taking home a Kimchi start, and directions for making Kimchi, fermented pickles and sauerkraut. Pre-register at least 5 days in advance, so we have enough materials and equipment for everyone to participate. Location: Jefferson County CSU Extension Office- 15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd – Unit C, Golden, CO 80401 Register HERE
Food Preservation/Fermentation with Yogurt -May 16- 7:00-8:30 p.m. $20.00 In this class you will learn the principles and benefits of vegetable fermentation. Participate in a hands-on activity of starting a Kimchi ferment that you take home to finish. Price includes taking home a Kimchi start, and directions for making Kimchi, fermented pickles and sauerkraut. Pre-register at least 5 days in advance, so we have enough materials and equipment for everyone to participate. Location: Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office- 6934 S. Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112 Register HERE

June


Xeriscaping and Waterwise Gardening Tuesday, June 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden $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
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
Food Preservation/Fermentation with Ginger Ale -June 5- 7:00-8:00 p.m. $10.00 In this class you will learn the principles and benefits of vegetable fermentation. Participate in a hands-on activity of starting a Kimchi ferment that you take home to finish. Price includes taking home a Kimchi start, and directions for making Kimchi, fermented pickles and sauerkraut. Pre-register at least 5 days in advance, so we have enough materials and equipment for everyone to participate. Location: Jefferson County CSU Extension Office- 15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd – Unit C, Golden, CO 80401 Register HERE
Food Preservation/Fermentation with Ginger Ale -June 6 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. $10.00 In this class you will learn the principles and benefits of vegetable fermentation. Participate in a hands-on activity of starting a Kimchi ferment that you take home to finish. Price includes taking home a Kimchi start, and directions for making Kimchi, fermented pickles and sauerkraut. Pre-register at least 5 days in advance, so we have enough materials and equipment for everyone to participate. Location: Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office- 6934 S. Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112 Register HERE

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens- 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 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

July


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 $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- Demo Garden Free Arapahoe County Master Gardeners Wednesday, July 17, Drop in anytime between 9:00-11:00am. Please register HERE

“What’s Bugging the Vegetable Garden?” Wednesday, July 17, Hudson Gardens Demo Garden 9:30-10:30am. 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

August


Creating Pollinator Habitat Saturday, August 3, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Hudson Garden $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
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

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens- Demo Garden 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 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
Fall Planted Bulbs Thursday, September 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Hudson Garden $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

MEET THE VEGETABLE GARDENER- Hudson Gardens- Demo Garden Arapahoe County Master Gardeners Wednesday, September 18, Drop in anytime between 9:00-11:00 am. Free but registration is requested.

“Importance of Fall Clean-up”. Wednesday, September 18, 9:30-10:30am Hudson Garden 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 $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

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