Gilpin County Community Center

Parks and Recreaction

To register for classes please stop by the front desk.

Payment is expected at time of Registration.

To register for CSU Extension classes call (303)582-9106.

Adult Programs


Surface Decoration for Ceramics

Dates: Thursdays: 5:30pm - 8pm,  7/12 - 8/2

Session Cost: (fees include glazes, firings & studio time. Clay is additional $10/ 25lbs.)

Members -  $60

Non-Members - $70

If you wish to pay online please call first to make sure the class isn't full 303-582-1453

Learn how to decorate your ceramic creations from greenware to bisque. We will be using 2 types of clay, and 2 types of firings for this class so you learn the difference between oxidation and reduction glazes and clays. We will do a special class firing in our new Gas Kiln for reduction.

Instructor: Gabrielle Gewirtz

Theory and Practice of Reduction Firing/Having Fun with the Gilpin Flattop Kiln

Dates: Wednesdays: 9:30am - 12pm,  6/13 - 8/8 (no class 7/4)

           Saturdays: 9:30am – 12pm, 6/16 - 8/11 (no class 7/7)

Session Cost: (fees include glazes, firings & studio time. Clay is additional $10/ 25lbs.)

Members -  $120

Non-Members - $140

If you wish to pay online please call first to make sure the class isn't full 303-582-1453

We will make thrown and hand-built pieces for the newly built gas kiln, the Gilpin Flattop. Areas we will consider: 

  • emphasis upon simplicity in forms and decoration
  • uses of texture
  • “Heat Work", the melting of ceramic materials, and how it affects clay and glazes
  • finding new glazes and glaze combinations
  • loading and firing the kiln
  • safety in the firing of gas kilns
We have already learned many of the possibilities of the new kiln.  Lets explore some more!

Instructor: Steve Briggs


Pottery Open Lab Time

Studio Guidelines:

  • Open Lab Punchcard: 10 punches for $135. Each punch can be up to a 4 hour session.
  • No more hourly drop-ins.
  • Participants must use only clay purchased through GCPR.
  • Glazes are to be used only when cleared first with the instructor.
  • Firing of pieces made in Open Lab are typically done with regular class firings. Exceptions include large or numerous pieces for which a firing fee will be assessed.
  • To access the Clay Studio, always sign in at the Front Desk. 
  • Lab time is FREE for current pottery students.
  • In-Between Open-Lab w/ Help Fall- clay classes begin around the 1st of October, depending upon the particular class. At that time, 8-week classes will be offered on Saturday and Wednesday mornings, and Thursday evening.  
  • August 5--September 30: The Clay Studio is open to participants. Included are glaze materials and firings, both gas and electric.  Packaged Clay is extra at $10/ 25 lbs. As usual, recycled lab clay is free. 
  • Staff is present Sunday afternoons, 2--6pm.  Individual help is offered as well as planning for firings, etc. 
  • Some clay experience preferred. 
  • Member:    $45.   Non-member:     $55.                    
  • End of session: At the end of a typical 8 week session students have 1 week to complete their project.

Dog Obedience

No new sessions scheduled at this time.

Dogs and their owners will learn and practice basic commands including sit, stay, heel, come, down, tricks, canine health, owner responsibility, dealing with bad habits and socialization.

Instructor: Casey Newman


Dates: Every first and third Thursday of the month

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Cost: Drop-in fee to the Rec

ALL Stitchers wanted: sew, quilt, needlework, knit, crochet.... beginners welcome! Looking for Stitchers interested in getting together twice a month to finish those UFO's, learn something new, share your knowledge, get to know other stitchers. Bring your projects and show'n'tells!

CSU Extension Classes and Events

Call (303)582-9106 to register.

If you have property in Gilpin County, and have any of the following noxious weeds: musk, Canada, scotch or bull thistles, oxeye daisy, scentless chamomile, mullein, Chinese clematis, orange hawkweed, leafy spurge, wild caraway, and spotted or diffuse knapweeds, you can use our free weed-spray checkout program. If you don’t know how to recognize these weeds, take the class (above). The herbicide is low-toxicity, and you don’t need to use very much for it to be effective. We take a $100 fully-refundable deposit, and teach you how to use the herbicide and the sprayer (both included). You have three business days to work on your project. Call to reserve your best time in advance – 303-582-9106.

Save Some Money

Check out our Home Energy Audit Loan Kit for FREE to help you figure out ways that you can save energy and money in your home.  Kit features a kilowatt meter, an air leak detector (infrared thermometer) and thermometers for your freezer and hot water heater to make sure they're at the most efficient settings.

Improve My Home Forest Quality

Reforest, plant for wildlife, diversify or plant a windbreak with low cost seedling trees. .  Some species have already sold out, call for availability and for advice on what to plant.

STEAM Afterschool & Youth Camp Programs with CSU Extension

We offer youth age 5 – 13 fun and exploration on Mondays & Wednesdays during the Gilpin Parks & Recreation Afterschool program 4-6 pm and on Fridays from 10-12 .  Register for the afterschool/youth camp program at the front desk or online for your child to attend.  Thursday Tech program in collaboration with the library is every Thursday from  4:30 – 6 pm, and is for ages 8 & up – register with Kirsten Springer, 4-H Youth Development associate ( 970-389-4833 or email [email protected]).  Registration forms canalso  be picked up at the library or Gilpin Community Center (ask for Kirsten). A shuttle picks kids up on Thursdays at the Rec center from the school bus drop off, pick up by parents is at the library at 6 pm. We have to have the registration in advance for a child to ride the shuttle.

Our afterschool/youth camp kids have been having a lot of fun building paper airplanes to learn about aeronautics and the physics of flight, using the Energy kit and building alternative energy powered horns and lights and making microwave magic.  As we continue into Fall and winter our Monday afternoon program will be blasting off building different kinds of rockets and rocket powered machines.  Wednesdays will enter the wacky and weird world of “Steve Spangler” science explorations and on Fridays we will continue making magic with the microwave moving into complete meal entrees.  Who knew you could make bar cookies in a microwave?    Currently at the Thursday Tech program at the Library, we are building robots from the very basic to an elephant that walks and moves its trunk!  We are moving into making adaptations and free form building and will be concentrating on programming.  Come join our explorations and make magic!

Many think that if they do not have animals, there may be little else to do in a 4-H club. That is a common myth and in fact, the 4-H club is committed to helping foster positive youth development in our community in many ways.  This is an inspiring factor behind a new series called "Show-Me 4-H" where youth ages 8-18 can come check out some of the thousands of topics available in the 4-H of today (no enrollment necessary)! Young people and their parents are invited and welcome.  Please note: RSVPs to [email protected] are required so that enough materials and supplies can be made available for every participant. 

Do you have a special trade, skill, hobby or passion that you might like to share with our area youth for a couple of hours? Please share with us! You can contact Organization Leader Heather Worrell at [email protected] or by calling (720)323-9228 to receive more information about sharing or participating in the Gilpin Archwood 4-H Club as a potential youth member, parent or community volunteer.