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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.

Online – Pickling Technique Workshop and Water-Bath Canning

Learn how 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: July 15, 2020 (Wednesday, Noon to 1:00 pm)
Registration closes on July 14th at 5:00 pm. Pre-registration required. No refunds.

Cost: $5.00

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

Online – Mediterranean Diet Workshop

Colorado State University Extension has created a workshop focusing on the
Mediterranean diet. This online workshop will answer questions
about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the
diet contribute to health. After attending this workshop, you will have strategies
to incorporate these foods and habits into your life.

Date: July 21, 2020 (Tuesday) 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm
Registration closes on June 29th at 5:00 pm. Pre-registration required. No
refunds.

Cost: $5.00

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

Online – Cottage Foods Food Safety Certification 

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: July 29, 2020, (Wednesday, Noon – 2:30 pm) – Online
Pre-registration required. Registration closes on July 28th at 5:00 pm. No refunds.

Cost: $40.00 – 3-year certification

Date: August 18, 2020 (Tuesday, Noon – 2:30 pm) – Online
Pre-registration required. Registration closes on August 17th at 5:00 pm. No refunds.

Cost: $40.00 – 3-year certification

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

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

July 8: Fabulous Ferns: These Ancient Plants Can Grow in Colorado
July 15: Creating a Bird and Pollinator Paradise with Native Plants
July 22: Ask a Master Gardener: Q and A about Tree Issues
July 29: Turf Solutions
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).

OnlineLow Water Alternatives to Turf Class

Are you tired of watering and maintaining your bluegrass lawn? Not all grasses and ground cover require the same amount of water and maintenance. This class will explore alternatives to high water turf. Create a beautiful and functional garden using low water grasses, ground cover, and hardscaping accents. You can have a colorful and sustainable landscape while still providing ample room to recreate!

Attend this class to learn all about low water alternatives to turf from Colorado Master Gardener Freddie Bogardus!

Date: July 18, 2020 (Saturday, 9:00 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Pre-registration required on all classes. Registration will close when the class is at capacity.

Click on the date to register for the class.

Cost: Free

Online – Preserve The Season Classes – Peach

Enjoy your peaches all year! Discover various methods for safely preserving peaches and unique uses for them. This class will cover canning, freezing, dehydrating, and cooking with peaches.

Date: August 24, 2020, (Friday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm)

Click on the date to register for the class.

Cost: $10.00

The class fee of $10.00 includes access to the class presentation and a recipe booklet for download. Pre-registration is required. Registration closes August 24, 2020 at Noon (12:00 pm). No refunds.

This class coincides with the El Paso County Extension Peach Sale. You can pre-order a case of peaches here: Western slope Organic Peach Sale

Online – Fall Fruit Class – Featuring Apples and Pears

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.

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

Click on the date to register for the class.

Cost: $10.00

The class fee of $10.00 and includes access to the class presentation and a recipe booklet for download. Pre-registration is required. Registration closes October 2, 2020 at Noon (12:00 pm). 

This class coincides with the El Paso County Extension Peach Sale. You can pre-order a case of peaches here: Western slope Organic Fall Fruit Sale.

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.

Registration is on-going and class can be started and completed anytime for FREE until July 30, 2020.

Date: Anytime

Cost: Free until July 30th

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.