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Colorado State University Extension operates in partnership with the El Paso County Community Services Division to provide non-credit programming to local citizens.

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2019 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

Annie’s Project Workshop

Empowering farm and ranch women to be better business owners or partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. The course is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field.

Workshop is 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the following Fridays – Oct. 18, Nov. 1, and Nov. 15, 2019

Cost $ 75.00

Click here to register for Annie’s Project Workshop

Cottage Food Training 

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

  • Foods permissable 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

October 16, 2019 (Wednesday) 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
November 4, 2019 (Monday) 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost $40.00 (3-year certification)

Mediterranean Diet Workshop

This workshop will help answer your questions about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the diet contribute to health. Will learn how to make fresh, home-made hummus.

December 3, 2019 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost $10.00

Limited Financial in-need Scholarships available upon request” – Michaellucero@elpasoco.com

Intro to Pressure Canning Technique Class

Learn the steps to safely pressure can vegetables and meats in this hands-on workshop. Take home a pressure canned vegetable.

September 24, 2019 (Tuesday) 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost $30.00

Limited Financial in-need Scholarships available upon request” – Michaellucero@elpasoco.com

Jam Technique Class: Featuring Holiday Jams

Wow family members with your homemade jams and fruits or with a meal made with specialty items such as; Red Onion Marmalade or Cranberry Orange Chutney. This is a hands-on class and you will take home a jar of Raspberry Green Chile jam that you make in class.

September 26, 2019 (Thursday) 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
October 10, 2019 (Thursday) 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost $25.00

Limited Financial in-need Scholarships available upon request” – Michaellucero@elpasoco.com

Fermentation Technique Class Featuring Sauerkraut and Kimchi

In the hands-on workshop you will learn the art and science behind fermentation. Take home a jar of sauerkraut! Class fee includes a pickle pebble and pickle pipe.

October 29, 2019 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost $35.00

Limited Financial in-need Scholarships available upon request” – Michaellucero@elpasoco.com

Whole Grain Bread Workshop

Learn how to make whole grain artisanal bread. Workshop includes samples, recipes and tips for whole grain bread baking at high altitude.

November 7, 2019 (Thursday) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost $25.00

Limited Financial in-need Scholarships available upon request” – Michaellucero@elpasoco.com

Pre-registration required on all classes.

Food and Nutrition classes offered at other locations:

Colorado Springs Senior Center (click on class title to register)
Water Bath Canning Class (cranberry sauce) – November 1, 2019 (Friday) 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Fountain Creek Nature Center (click on class title to register)
Holiday Jam Workshop – December 7, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pikes Peak Library District

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

Sand Creek Library
Jam Class – October 9, 2019 (Wednesday) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Mediterranean Diet – October 30, 2019 (Wednesday) 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

East Library
Mediterranean Diet – September 9, 2019 (Monday) 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Fountain Library
Pickling Workshop – September 20, 2010 (Friday) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Water Bath Canning – November 21, 2019 (Thursday) 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Old Colorado City Library
Pickling Class – November 5, 2019 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

High Prairie Library
Jam Class – November 6, 2019 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Rockrimmon Library
Water Bath Canning – November 21. 2019 (Thursday) 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm