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2023 El Paso County Extension Classes and Workshops

We offer a variety of classes and hands-on workshops in El Paso County throughout the year. They range from consumer education in home gardening, food preservation, and safety to backyard beekeeping. We also offer workforce certification courses in Cottage Foods, Landscaping and Agriculture business development. Check back often to find classes we are offering at locations throughout the county. 

CSU Extension El Paso County Office
17 N. Spruce Street
2nd Floor
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Click on each class date to register

Pre-registration required on all classes.

Class Feature

Dining With Diabetes

Colorado State University Extension is offering a new program discounted rate of $20.00 for entire 4 week series (Usually $60.00): Dining with Diabetes Class Series meeting March 2, 9, 16, 23.

What is Dining with Diabetes?

Dining with Diabetes is a Colorado State University Research and Extension health and wellness program that consist of a series of four in-person classes that includes general diabetes information, eating plans for diabetes and how to prepare healthy foods. The program’s focus is to help individuals learn strategies to lessen the health risks of diabetes.

The program is a series of four 2-hour classes that are held once a week. Classes consist of presentations on healthful food choices, tasty and healthy familiar foods, diabetic eating plans and cooking techniques using artificial sweeteners, reduced-fat foods, herbs, and spices.

You will receive

  • All class handouts and folder
  • Cooking utensils at every class
  • Taste a new recipe in every class
  • Diabetic Cookbook
  • Certificate

Program Objectives

  • Increase knowledge about healthy foods
  • Present healthy versions of familiar foods and taste testing of recipes
  • Demonstrate new cooking techniques
  • Provide basic information regarding diabetes and nutrition
  • Provide opportunities for sharing and learning from one another

Who can participate?

The program is designed for people with diabetes and their family members, caregivers, and support persons.

SPACES are limited!!!

Register: March 2,9,16,23

Please register each person separately for the class series.

Cottage Foods Food Safety Certification – online and in-person

Now offering online training to acquire a 3-year certification. Training provides information in:

  • Foods permissible in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act
  • Ingredient labeling requirements
  • Basic Food Safety
  • Temperature control for food preparation
  • Storage, transport and sales
  • Special considerations for food preparation at high altitude

February 9, 2023 at 10:30am-2:00pm – Online

March 7, 2023 at 10:30am-2:00pmIn-person

May 4, 2023 at 10:30am-2:00pm – Online

June6, 2023 at 11:00am-2:30pmIn-person

Cost: $50.00 – 3-year certification

Click on the date to register for the class. No refunds.

Mediterranean Diet Workshop

Colorado State University Extension has created a workshop focusing on the Mediterranean diet. This workshop will answer questions about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the diet contribute to health. Plus, you will learn how to make fresh home-made hummus and try a delicious sample. After attending this workshop, you will have strategies to incorporate these foods and habits into your life.

Date: January 25, 2023 1:00pm-2:30pm

Date: February 2, 2023 12:00pm-1:30pm

Date: March 13, 2023 5:30pm-7:00pm

Pre-registration required. No refunds.

Introduction to Water Bath Canning

From preserving your garden harvest to putting up locally purchased produce, canning is a great way to preserve the season’s bounty. Unlike baking, home canning requires knowledge of the science behind food preservation. In this introductory class, participants will learn about the risk of botulism, an overview of proper techniques, and a review of the proper tools for canning.

After attending this class you will be able to safely can high acid foods such as fruit, salsa, pickles, tomatoes, jams, jellies and more. 

This is a hands-on class and you will take home a jar you make in class.

Date: May 11 ,2023 – 11:00am to 1:30pm

Date: June 21 ,2023 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Date: July 17, 2023 – 12:00pm to 2:30pm

High Elevation Baking Workshop

Have you ever been disappointed when your favorite recipe failed to produce expected results when made at higher elevation?  At altitudes above 3,000 feet, recipes may require changes in time, temperature or ingredients to achieve desired results. In this basic workshop participants will learn about the important role that many ingredients play in baking and about possible adjustments to make to when baking your favorite recipes.

Date: May 2, 2023 – 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on April 30th  at 9:00 pm. No refunds. 

Introduction to Pressure Canning

From preserving your garden harvest to putting up locally purchased produce, canning is a great way to preserve the season’s bounty. Home canning requires knowledge of the science behind food preservation. In this introductory class, participants will learn about the risk of botulism, an overview of proper techniques, and a review of the proper tools for pressure canning foods.

Learn the steps to safely and confidently pressure can low acid foods such as vegetables, meats, soups and much more.

Date: May 30, 2023 11:00am-2:30pm

Date: July 19, 2023 5:30pm-8:30pm

Home Food Preservation: Salsa Class

Learn how to make salsa in our hands-on class and take a jar home! Salsa can be a fun and easy way to preserve tomatoes to enjoy all year. You will receive tested and reviewed salsa recipes that mix low acidic foods such as onions and peppers with acidic foods such as tomatoes. 

Date: August 3, 2023 12:00pm-3:00pm

Food Safety Works Certification –
Online/Self-guided: Free

The Food Safety Works safe food handler certificate training teaches entry-level food workers how to safely handle, prepare and store food. This certification is taught online and is self-guided. Participants with a passing score receive a safe food handler certificate valid for two (2) years.

Benefits for Food Service Workers:

  • Increase in confidence and motivation to handle food safely.
  • Improve knowledge and awareness of ways to prevent foodborne illness.
  • Valued by employers.
  • Great incentives towards job promotions.
  • Benefits for your business.
  • Take pride in being proactive in preventing foodborne illness.
  • Increase consumer confidence – show that you value safety.
  • Increase employee pride and teamwork in serving food.
  • Increase likelihood of improved inspections.

Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite which will have the website address and password to access the Food Safety Works Certification materials. You can download presentation slides, watch training video, and access link to exam. Once exam is completed and scored you will receive an email with your certificate valid for 2 years.

Registration is on-going and class can be started and completed anytime for $5.00.

Date: Anytime

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Testing your pressure canner dial gauge annually is vital in keeping your pressure canned products safe. Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food. Low readings cause over-processing.

You can purchase your pressure canner gauge testing with or without The Complete Guide to Home Canning USDA Book.

Brands that can be tested: National, Magic Seal, Maid of Honor, and Presto

After you have purchased a ticket you will be contacted to schedule a time for testing at the El Paso County Extension Office located in Colorado Springs.

Date: Anytime

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.