The Garfield County Education Center will house Garfield County CSU Extension, Maker Space, STEAM Education Center and Classrooms.
Through CSU Extension, we deliver youth and adult programming on a multitude of topics throughout Garfield County. We provide services to additional schools that fall within districts in surrounding counties. The focus on growing our youth inspired us to reach out to you as we are in the process of a capital project that supports our rapidly expanding program reach.
The County Commissioners in Garfield County have pledged their faith in the work of Garfield County Extension to the purchase of land and the warehouse building. The vision includes an indoor working Maker Space, STEAM Educational Room, indoor classrooms outdoor classrooms and the Garfield County CSU Extension Office.
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The maker space will be located on the first floor of the Garfield County Education Center. This space will include opportunities for young people to learn about woodworking, welding, electricity, archery and many other engineering and design projects.
STEAM Education Room
The STEAM education room will be located on the second floor and will include 2 teaching kitchens for instruction in cooking, food safety and food preservation. This room will also have space for instruction of sewing, clothing construction, quilting, as well as robotics. This room will also be a teaching center for Cooking Matters in the Rifle area.
The second floor will also feature one large classroom that can be broken down into smaller classrooms to accommodate many opportunities for nonprofits to have space to meet such as 4-H Clubs. These classrooms will be equipped with the technology needed to allow for classroom instruction for continuing credit hour classes that may be needed for teachers as well as other professions.
The outdoor classroom will feature a teaching pavilion, teaching gardens, outdoor STEM education space as well as an opportunity for youth to learn about water using Rifle Creek that flows through the outdoor space.
Garfield County CSU Extension Office
Garfield County CSU Extension office will be on the first floor and will house four extension agents that serve in the areas of: 4-H Youth Development, 4-H School Enrichment, 4-H STEM, Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture, Horticulture and Natural Resources. This office also hosts four STEM AmeriCorps members and the Garfield County Outdoor education coordinator.
Contributions can be made payable to CSU Foundation. Please write on the memo line: Garfield County Extension. Contributions can be mailed to: Jana Smilanich-Rose, CSU Extension, 4040 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523.