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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.

What is a Colorado Master Gardener?

Colorado Master Gardeners (CMG) are trained volunteer educators who support and assist CSU Extension staff in delivering research-based gardening information.  The CMG volunteer’s audience is exclusively home gardeners.  Examples of CMG volunteer activities include answering inquiries through the County Extension office, providing education, recommendations and troubleshooting of plant problems.  CMGs also teach gardening classes, write newspaper articles, staff demonstration and information booths. The CMG training is offered January – March, during the day on Thursdays.  It is ten week training.  There is an application/screening process and a fee to become a Colorado Master Gardener volunteer.

If you are interested in learning more, please call the Extension office at 719-520-7690 and leave your phone number and email and we will add you to the waiting list.

Becoming a CMG is a rewarding experience.  You will learn new things, meet new people, engage with your local community and become a part of a fun, friendly and meaningful group of volunteers.  In El Paso County our volunteer retention rate is consistently high, and volunteers continue with the program for many years.

For more information about the statewide Colorado Master Gardener program, visit


Colorado Master Gardeners (CMGs)

CMG’s will be offering three classes in March. These classes can be found under Classes and Workshops  or go directly to our eventbrite listings at

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.