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Greetings from CSU Extension - Jefferson County!

We've created this newsletter to share updates and success stories. You are receiving this because of your connection to one or more of our programs. 

We are proud to bring Extension information and resources to Jefferson County and are so grateful that you are part of our community. We welcome your feedback on content, future topics and your experience with CSU Extension as we strive to meet the needs of the community.

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Jacki Paone
Director, CSU Extension - Jefferson County

My ENOR Story

Letter from a former ENOR camper and counselor

Originally, I am from Kansas City, where the closest thing to a mountain is a tall building downtown or a rolling hill. At age 9, my family and I moved to Arvada, Colorado. I had very little experience with the outdoors until I attended the ENOR summer camps. ENOR sparked my love for the outdoors, and later on, when I became an educator for the Falcon’s Aerie camp at ENOR, the camp ignited my passion for teaching. I am now twenty years old, studying to earn a teaching degree at Western Colorado University. Since my 4th grade self entered the Owls Roost summer camp, I have climbed all the Colorado 14ers, taught environmental biology at Jefferson County Schools Outdoor Lab, participated in my first ultramarathon, as well as partaken in numerous jobs that developed leadership and resilience. I attribute all of this to ENOR. Because of ENOR, the outdoors and the mountains remain my everlasting source of restoration and wisdom.

Learn more about ENOR summer camps 

Our Response to COVID-19

In order to keep our staff and community safe, CSU Extension Jefferson County has canceled all face-to-face upcoming public programs and classes through May 15. Check back for more soon.

COVID-19 Impact on Jeffco Extension
COVID-19 in Jefferson County

Don't Forget to Submit Your Census Questionnaire

Census responses drive decisions on the annual allocation of federal funds to states and communities over the next 10 years. You can submit your questionnaire online, in-person, by phone, or by mail

    Complete Census Online Now

    Leadership Skills from School Superintendent

    Jeffco School Superintendent, Jason Glass, visited with the 2020 class of FLTI (Family Leadership Training Institute) on Feb. 26. This class (one of a series of 20) emphasized the importance of understanding local government processes as family leaders develop skills to address needs in their local community. 

    More info

    4-H Youth Learn Retinal Scanning

    Sara Wiechman, a senior Jeffco 4-H member, tries her hand at retinal scanning at the 2020 4-H Beef Cattle Tag-In. Just like we each have unique fingerprints that don’t change throughout our life, every animal has a unique retinal structure that can be used to verify identity.

    Learn more about Jeffco 4-H

    Preparing Your Home for Wildfire

    In Jefferson County, wildfires aren’t a question of if, but when. Giving your home the best chance of surviving wildfire starts with maintaining defensible space and hardening your home. Defensible space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass, and weeds. Hardening your home means using construction materials that can withstand flying embers finding weak spots in the construction. 

    Learn about Wildfire and Forestry

    Volunteer Early Detectors Needed

    Agriculture, forests, and landscapes are all vulnerable to the potentially devastating impacts of introduced pests and pathogens. Early detection of these threats is our most effective defense, and First Detectors perform this crucial on-the-ground task to improve protection of our natural resources and economy.

    Free Online First Detector Training

    Jeffco's Bison Judgers Sweep the Contest

    During the 2020 National Western Stock Show, 11 youth from Jeffco 4-H participated in a bison judging contest. Congratulations to those members for their accomplishments:

    • Lilian Stavig – 1st Place Senior Individual, awarded a $1500 scholarship
    • Elizabeth Schroeder – 2nd Place Senior Individual, awarded a $1200 scholarship
    • Marty Kacsh – 3rd Place Senior Individual, awarded a $900 scholarship
    • Meilani Wilcox – 2nd Place Junior Individual
    • Marty Kacsh, Natalie Lowman, Lilian Stavig and Aspen Tolman – 1st Place Senior Team
    • Evan Clark, Elizabeth Schroeder, JennaMarie Shaw and Coral Tolman – 2nd Place Senior Team

    Jeffco 4-H members are exposed to many great scholarship opportunities, and develop the resumes and life skills to help them succeed.

    View the video above to learn more about the experiences of the 2019 team. 

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