CSU Extension

A Unit of the Office of Engagement and Extension

For over 100 years, Colorado State University Extension has been providing reliable, research-based information, resources, and programming to support communities across Colorado.

Who is Extension?

CSU Extension is made up of hundreds of professionals based all across Colorado and on CSU’s campuses. Their dedication to helping Coloradans flourish is clear in our Who is Extension video series, where you can meet a few of the experts who make our work possible.

How to Get Involved

Extension offers a wide range of opportunities for programming spanning youth development, agriculture, gardening, land management, health, and more. County Extension specialists also provided one-on-one guidance on a variety of topics.

Have a question? Visit Ask Extension to be connected directly with an expert. Want to find resources or a class? Check out some of our programs listed below and follow up with you local CSU Extension office to learn about what is available in your area.

Our Focus Areas

4-H and Youth

Encouraging youth to reach their full potential through programs like 4-H, America’s largest youth development organization, which reaches over 100,000 youth in Colorado each year. 4-H members from ages 5 to 18 are supported by a network of caring Extension professionals and community volunteers.

How to get involved

– Contact your local county Extension office to enroll in 4-H
Explore online dual enrollment for Colorado high schoolers


Whether you are farming on a small acreage, in urban spaces or are involved in large-scale production agriculture, Extension resources provide research-based information for producers located from the plains to the mountains.

How to get involved

Agriculture Business Management
Colorado Beginning Farmers
Drought Advisors

Community and Economic Development

Expanding civic capacity through leadership development and community connections to increase the vitality of businesses and establish resiliency within rural and urban spaces.

How to get involved

Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado
The Rural Action Project
Strengthening Families


Making gardening accessible for all by offering free and low-cost classes, providing extensive online resources, and conducting community outreach through events like farmers’ markets, plant walks and garden tours.

How to get involved

Colorado Master Gardeners
Free gardening webinars
Green School

Food Systems

Creating connections between food producers, local supply chains, and consumers, while helping respond to changing market, policy, and environmental factors. 

How to get involved

CSU Food Systems Institute
Farm to School
Market channel assessments

Natural Resources

Providing resources spanning range management, weed identification, conservation and more, in order to help maintain the state’s diverse and spectacular forests, rangelands and aquatic systems.

How to get involved

Soil Health Program
Rangeland restoration and monitoring
Small Acreage Management workshops

Nutrition and Food Safety

Offering programs and resources to help Colorado citizens become better informed about healthy food and food safety.

How to get involved

Cottage food safety trainings
Commercial food safety trainings
– Home canning and preservation workshops

Health and Wellbeing

Empowering all Coloradans to live healthy lives by advancing health partnerships and community initiatives and offering evidence-based programming focused on behavioral health, healthy aging, disease prevention and well-being.

How to get involved

Caregiver Webinar Series
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program