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.


Backyard Food Production Workshops

La Plata Fairgrounds
Durango, CO
Multiple dates

  • May 31: The Irrigation System
  • June 7: Weed Management
  • July 12: Soil Types and Amendments
  • July 26: Small Fruits and Berries
  • August 16: Tree Fruit Production and Pruning
  • August 23: Season Extension
  • August 30: Food Preservation
  • September 13: Harvest and Post-harvest Storage

Classes will be held Tuesdays, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, CO. The cost is $130 for all 12 sessions.

For more information and to register go to: www.laplataextension.org; for questions call: (970) 382-6464.


Getting to Know Rural Properties

May 23
Firestone, CO

This workshop is for realtors, appraisers, and brokers. Earn 7 hours of Colorado Real Estate Continuing Education Credits and learn more about soils, weeds, fracking, wells & septic systems, radon, and zoning & land use. This workshop is presented by CSU Extension. $100 registration includes lunch and educational material. For more info and to register, visit https://2016ruralproperties.eventbrite.com


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


2016 Parks & Open Space Water Tour

June 11
Boulder County, Colo.

Registration is now open for the 2016 Parks & Open Space Water Tour.

This year, the tour will highlight the 150th Anniversary of the Left Hand Ditch Company. The 2016 Water Tour is supported by Boulder County Parks & Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District and Left Hand Water District.

Tour Highlights

  • The tour begins and ends at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont (this is different from previous years).
  • Light breakfast and lunch are included.
  • The tour will begin with presentations on Water Law 101, orientation of the overall Left Hand Basin, and the History of the Left Hand Ditch. We'll then board the motor coach buses to visit interesting facets of Left Hand history and current Left Hand Ditch System.
  • Lunch will be served at the Beech Shelter. There will be speakers on the bus as well as at each stop with time for questions and discussion.

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plaza Convention Center - 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, CO 80501

For more information and to register, please visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/agtours or contact Vanessa McCracken at vmccracken@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6181. Registration is required.


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 Monday, May 23, 2016