Learn About Clear Creek CSU Extension!
Clear Creek is CSU Extension’s newest office. Established in October of 2012, we have a focus on 4-H Youth Development, Mountain Horticulture and Master Gardeners, and energy efficiency. The Clear Creek CSU Extension office and programs are run by Christine Crouse, who serves as the Extension Agent and Extension Director.
While Clear Creek County Extension programming is limited, as a part of CSU Extension, residents have access to a wealth of information and resources developed by Colorado State Extension on topics including agriculture, horticulture, range, forestry, water, health promotion, financial literacy, business management, community development, and 4-H youth development.
About Clear Creek
While our CSU Extension office is relatively new compared to the offices in other counties, Clear Creek County has a rich and unique history. Historically Clear Creek county is known as one of the first mining centers during the Colorado Gold Rush in 1859. The mountains which once were claimed with thousands of mining claims, and towns built on the area’s mining history, are now the home to about 9,000 Clear Creek residents. Clear Creek County is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at elevations ranging from 7,500 to over 11,000 ft. Clear Creek residents have unique challenges compared to those residing on the Colorado Front Range – growing seasons are shorter, temperatures are cooler, and unique wildlife is literally within our backyards. Therefore the CSU Extension programs that are offered, 4-H, Mountain Horticulture, and energy efficiency are fitted to best serve our unique mountain communities.
As a small county extension office the participation, collaboration, and partnerships between local organizations, individuals, and businesses make our small mountain community extension programming successful.
Ways you can get involved in Clear Creek County…
- Become a Master Gardener
- Become a 4-H Volunteer
- Join the CSU Extension Advisory Committee
Our Volunteers Make a Difference!
CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Hector and Kris Miller who received the County Commissioners’ LIFETIME VOLUNTEER AWARD at the August 2016 Luncheon! Ann and Kris are the county’s “dynamic duo.” They are have been enthusiastic, hands-on volunteers with CSU Extension as 4-H Leaders, Master Gardeners, and Advisory Committee Members since the office started. They are also involved in the MIll Creek Historical Society, Columbine Club, and numerous other community organizations.