Upcoming Small Acreage Events

Native Plant Master® Program

2015 Classes

Make this the year to learn more about Colorado’s beautiful wildflowers, trees and shrubs. Take an exciting new class taught by CSU faculty and other experts or an award-winning Native Plant Master course where you learn about plants in their natural habitats.

For Native Plant Master offerings in locations across Colorado, click here

For classes offered in the Denver, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties, see http://npm.eventbrite.com

Those completing three NPM curriculum courses are awarded a Colorado Flora Certificate with no volunteer requirement. For those interested in educating others by becoming a certified Native Plant Master volunteer, click here .


Boulder County Native Plant Classes

Lots of great upcoming classes on native plants. Click here for more info


Native Plant Master Courses

An abundance of classes this year offered in various locations, check them all out and register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-native-plant-master-program-metro-to-mountain-group-1715901818.


Water Management Workshop

April 21
8:30 am -3:30 pm

This Hands on workshop will be discussing the findings and applications of research on Technologies for monitoring crop water use: full to deficit irrigation.

Join Researchers: Dr Jose Chavez, Joel Schneekloth, Dr. Andales and Dr. Elhaddad discuss their findings and applications for Alternative Agricultural Water Transfer Methods: Deficit Irrigation Monitoring.

Topics covered include:

  • Limited Irrigation: Principles, Pros and Cons
  • CO Irrigation Scheduler WISE Tool
  • Estimating ET and Water Stress: Methods
  • Remote Sensing of ET and more.

Register by April 15th to wilma.trujillo@colostate.edu or by calling 970-542-3540


Spring Tree and Shrub Pruning Workshop

April 23
9am – Noon
Greeley, CO

Come learn correct pruning techniques with us at Houston Gardens. Improper pruning methods will weaken your plants, leaving them susceptible to disease and insects. Bring your pruning shears as you will have the opportunity to practice on the trees at Houston Gardens.

Location: Houston Gardens 515 23rd Avenue, Greeley, CO. RSVP to 970-356-8097 x3 or info@wgcd.org


Avian Influenza: Still a Threat in 2016
What you need to know to protect your flock

April, 26
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Boulder County Parks and Open Space Building
5201 St. Vrain Road
Longmont, CO

Join us to learn about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and the effect this virus may have on your flock. We will discuss the current outbreak and the importance of biosecurity for all flocks, large commercial barns to small backyard operations. Learn six simple, low-cost ways to keep your birds healthy in an interactive presentation. Everyone is welcome!

Presenters : Kyran Cadmus, MPH, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA SPHIS and Luci Dimick, MPH, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA SPHIS

To help us plan for the event please register at https://avian-influenza.eventbrite.com The event is free.


Pesticide Applicator Workshop

May 5, 2016
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Natural Resources Bldg, Boulder Co. Fairgrounds
9595 Nelson Rd. Longmont, CO

This workshop will provide ALL seven required core credits for pesticide applicator license recertification:

  • Laws & Regulations (2 credits)
  • Applicator Safety
  • Public Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Use of Pesticides
  • Pesticides & Their Families

Please join us at 8:00 am for coffee.
A light lunch will be provided.
The cost of the workshop is $50.00
Please pay at the door (check or cash only)
Make check payable to Boulder Valley Conservation District

RSVP to Sharon Bokan, 303-678-6176, sbokan@bouldercounty.org
OR Nancy McIntyre, 303-776-4034 X3, nmcintyre@bouldercounty.org
OR Sandra McDonald, Mountain West PEST at 970-266-9573 or sandra@mountainwestpest.com

Private applicator test packets will be available at the workshops for $25.00.
Workshop Sponsors – Boulder Valley & Longmont Conservation Districts


Vegetable Gardening for the Mountains

May 7
2:00 pm.
Black Hawk, CO

$5. RSVP appreciated, 303-582-9106. Gilpin Extension Office, 230 Norton Drive. Learn what grows best in the mountains, with tips and tricks for wildlife, insects, and more.


Cottage Food Safety Training

May 7
9:30 AM
Longmont, CO

This 3 hour training provides a 3 year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for Colorado Cottage Foods Act.

Learn the specifics for operating a food business from a home kitchen. Review the current law, Tier 1 permissible foods and ingredient labeling requirements. We will cover basics of food safety-including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross-contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting produce and sales. Resources for food preparation at altitude and for going further with your business will be shared. Cost: $30.00, Registration closes 5 days before training date.

Click here to register.


Clean Power Plan Webinar

May 10

Patrick Cummins with CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy will discuss progress on the Clean Power Plan, including the recent stay issued by the Supreme Court and how that may impact Colorado and other Western states. Register here.

CSU Extension is partnering with organizations and individuals across the state to bring you a regular series of free informational energy webinars. All sessions BEGIN AT 12:00 pm MT. A link to the webinar session will be provided upon registration.


Pasture & Manure Management for the Mountains

June 11
1:30 – 4:00 pm
Black Hawk, CO

Want to learn how to make the most of your pasture? Wondering what to do with all that manure? In this workshop, participants will learn how grasses grow and how to apply basic management strategies for healthier grasses and livestock, even on a small pasture. ID which plants might be in your pasture, and which are toxic. We will also talk about manure uses and methods of disposal.

This workshop is geared towards small acreage landowners (1-100 acres), but larger land managers are welcome.

Rudolph Ranch
70 Rudolph Rd., Black Hawk
Fee: $10
MUST RSVP by June 8
303-582-9106

Sponsored by a partnership with CSU Extension and USDA-NRCS


Walking Weed Tour

June 14
5:30-7pm
Greeley, CO

We will walk along the Poudre River Trail and get the chance to identify and discuss lots of the same weeds you are managing on your property. Location - Poudre River Trail on 71st St. (Poudre River Ranch Natural Area), Greeley CO

“Stump the Expert” Bring in plants that have been bugging you, or that you need help with identifying.

RSVP to 970-356-8097 x3 or info@wgcd.org


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Updated Tuesday, April 19, 2016