CSU Extension Offices

CSU Extension Offices


Family & Consumer Science



Colorado State University Extension of La Plata County

The mission of Extension is to provide information and education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state and national issues affecting individuals, youth, family, businesses, agricultural enterprises and communities of Colorado.

Fall in Durango

Got an insect pest in your garden you can't identify? Having trouble baking at high altitude? Want to learn more about local 4H programs?  Well the La Plata County Extension Office can help you.

Colorado State University Extension, in cooperation with La Plata County, offers informal education in agriculture, horticulture, consumer and family education and 4-H and youth development. The Extension Office can provide information and documented research on subjects relating to living and working in La Plata County.
Information is available at your request on numerous subjects, either through contact with the agents of La Plata County or electronically at Colorado State University Extension.

 Tips for Trees!

When: Saturday, March 16th from 9am to 2pm

Where: La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango

Cost: $25 for DBS Members and CO Master Gardener Volunteers; $35 for non-members (includes snacks)

Registration: https://www.durangobotanicalsociety.com/event-3260539/Registration

Contact: Barbara Johnson at bjohnson283@msn.com or (970) 799-4817

Website: www.durangobotanicalsociety.com/event-3260539

Topics and Speakers:

Plant Selection and Placement for our Environment – Lisa Bourey of Passion Flower Farms, Landscape Architect and Designer

Diseases and Insects of Trees – Darrin Parmenter, Horticulturist, La Plata County Extension

Discussion and Demonstration of Correct Pruning Techniques – David Temple, Board Certified Master Arborist and owner of Trees of Trails Canyon

we are super excited to join Jennifer Bousselot, Assistant Professor with Colorado State University in a discussion about how we can garden with native plants—selection, care, and cultural requirements. Dr. Bousselot is a lifelong plant lover who did not stop going to school and ended up with a doctorate in horticulture. She joined up with her mentors, the Carters, through her work for the Colorado Native Plant Society.


Common Southwest Native Plants

The Colorado Native Plant Society has crafted a user-friendly, pictorial guide to hundreds of the Southwest’s most common native plants, most of which are ideal for use in gardens. Utilizing a combination of color photographs, botanical illustrations and written descriptions, their book, Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide, provides the user with everything needed to identify those elusive plants lining the byways and trails of the region. The authors have even included valuable information on distribution and habitat, medicinal and wildlife uses and big-tree records for many species.

This lunch and learn session will be Tuesday, March 19th from 11:30am to 12:45pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds (2500 Main Ave.) in Durango. There is no charge.


Signed copies of the book will be available for sale, and thanks to Maria’s Bookshop, a portion of the proceeds will go to the La Plata County Master Gardener Program

Operation Front Line

Apple Press - Homegrown 2010

At a Glance

Darrin Parmenter– Extension Director

Contact Information

2500 Main Street
Durango, CO 81301 (map)

P: (970) 382-6465
F: (970) 247-2365

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