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2020 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. 

All classes will be located at the Colorado State University Extension Office (unless otherwise specified)
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

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 FREE.

Date: Anytime

Cost: Free 

Cottage Foods Food Safety Certification – Online

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

Date: September 10, 2020 (Thursday, Noon -2:30pm) – Online

Date: November 4th, 2020 (Wednesday, Noon-2:30pm) – Online

Cost: $40.00 – 3-year certification

Click on the date to register for the class.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on August 17th at 5:00 pm. No refunds.

Food Preservation (Canning) Q&A September Session – Online

Colorado State University Extension – El Paso County food safety professionals will be available for a Q&A session, answering your food preservation questions.

Please provide a food preservation (canning) question for us when you register. There will be time for you to ask additional questions during the Q&A session as well.

Date: September 17, 2020 (Thursday, 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Cost: Free

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on September 16, 2020, at 5:00 pm.

Introduction to Pressure Canning – Online

Learn how to safely and confidently pressure can vegetables, meats, stews and any low acid food in this online workshop.
The workshop is online and you will receive a pressure canning booklet and presentation slides electronically.

Registration closes on October 7, 2020 at 9:00 am. No refunds.

Date: September 23, 2020 (Wednesday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Date: October 7, 2020 (Wednesday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Click on the date to register for the class.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

Online – Pikes Peak Regional Gardening – Lunch & Learn series of online webinars every Wednesday at noon. Each class is 45-60 minutes.


September 16: Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Blooms
September 23: Putting the Garden to bed

September 30: Ask a Master Gardener: Q & A
Hindsight is 2020, Looking Ahead to 2021
October 7: Seeing Math Patterns in Nature
October 14: History of Victory Gardens/Grow and Give
October 21: Houseplants
October 28: Cool Tools: Sharpening & Maintenance, Favorite Tools & Gift Ideas

Pre-registration required. Registration will close when the class is at capacity.

Click on the date to register for the class.

Webinars are FREE and open to ALL, but you MUST register in advance (same URL, just re-register a few days before each webinar).

Salsa Technique Class and Water Bath Processing – Online

Learn how to make salsa in our ONLINE class! 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: September 15, 2020 (Tuesday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Cost: $10.00

Click on the date to register for the class.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on Sept. 15, 2020, at 9:00 am. Refunds are not available.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

Food Preservation Technique Class: Fermentation – Online

If you love sauerkraut or other fermented foods; we can teach you how to safely make your own. During our online workshop learn the art and science behind fermentation. You’ll discover that many foods from around the world are fermented. We will share unique and interesting ways to cook them. Fall is the perfect season for learning about and enjoying fermented foods!

Date: September 21, 2020 (Monday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Cost: $10.00

Click on the date to register for the class.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on  September 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Refunds are not available.

Introduction to Canning: Water Bath Canning – Online

Learn how to safely can high acid foods on this online workshop. The boiling water canning method can be used to preserve fruit, salsa, pickles, tomatoes, jams, jellies and more. 

Date: September 29, 2020 (Tuesday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on September 29, 2020 at 10:00 am. No refunds.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

Pickling Technique Workshop and Water-Bath Process – Online

The Online Pickling Technique Workshop will teach you how to pickle vegetables, fruit and summer relish,  You will learn tested and researched based techniques to safely pickle.  Covers water-bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation.

Date: September 29, 2020 (Tuesday, 1:30pm – 3:00pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on September 29, 2020 at 10:00 am. No refunds.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

Preserve the Season: Fall Fruit Class – Online

This is a new class for 2020!

Discover various methods for safely preserving fall fruit and unique uses for them. This class will cover canning, freezing, dehydrating and cooking with apples and pears. 

This class coincides with the El Paso County Extension Fall Fruit Sale.

Date: October 5, 2020 (Monday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Registration closes October 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm. No refunds

Jam Technique Class: Featuring Holiday Jams – Online

Feel confident and proud to give your homemade jams and fruit spreads to your friends during the gift giving season! Wow them with a meal made with specialty items such as: Red Onion Marmalade or Cranberry Orange Chutney.

Learn tested and researched based techniques to safely can jams, jellies, conserves, marmalades and chutney. 

Date: October 12,2020 (Monday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on Oct. 12, 2020 at 9:00 am. No refunds.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

Basics of High Altitude Baking – Online

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: October 28, 2020 (Wednesday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on October 28, 2020  at 9:00 am. No refunds.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

Food and Nutrition classes offered at other locations:

Pikes Peak Library District – new schedule coming soon

For all PPLD registrations and cost information please click here. Pre-registration required.

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.