Gilpin County Community Center

Parks & Recreation

To register for classes, click on the "Register" button on the home page or stop by the Community Center front desk.

Payment is expected at time of Registration.

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

Adult Programs


Wednesday Mornings: 9:30am-12:00pm, 6/26/19 - 8/14/19


Saturday Mornings: 9:30am-12:00pm, 6/29/19 - 8/17/19

This summer we will work on plates. Quick plates made from sturdy Chinet, for trying decorative patterns and glaze combinations.  Thrown plates, practicing the flattening process and trimmed foot rings. Handbuilt slab plates, with emphasis on texture and added feet. Maybe YouTube plates, where improvised construction techniques are plentiful. 

We will also make time for some basic glaze testing and, of course, continuing to explore the possibilities of our gas kiln, the Gilpin Flattop. 

Classes can accommodate all levels of experience. Both throwing and handbuilding. 

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Session Fee: Resident: $120, Non-Resident: $140   (includes: class instruction, glazes, firings, extra studio time)

Clay Fees: New clay:  $12.50/25lb (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

                  Recycled clay:  $.30/lb

Bridge Sessions:
While there is a break between sessions, students can enroll in one of the bridge sessions: 
May 3 - June 5 (Thursday class) or 
May 26 - June 25 (Wednesday/Saturday classes)
Session Fee: Resident: $32, Non-Resident: $40   (includesglazes, firings, studio time)

Clay Fees: New clay:  $12.50/25lbs (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

                  Recycled clay:  $.30/lb

Thursday Evenings: 5:30pm-8:00pm, 

Session 1: Bowls (June 6,13, 20, 27)
A four week class focusing on throwing and hand-building bowls of all shapes and sizes. Make your favorite breakfast bowl up to your favorite serving bowl! No experience necessary.

Session 2: Surface Decoration (July 11, 18, 25, & August 1)

A four week class focusing on surface decoration. Learn slip, underglaze and glazing techniques to take the surface of your pots to the next level. You can make pots for this class, but it would be better to bring some un-fired (leather-hard) and some bisqued pots to the first class.

Instructor: Gabrielle Gewirtz

Each Session Fee: Resident: $60, Non-Resident: $70  (includes: class instruction, glazes, firings, extra studio time)

Clay Fees: New clay:  $12.50/25lbs (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

                  Recycled clay:  $.30/lb

Independent Study/Open Lab

A few spaces for Independent Study/Open Lab are available with the Clay Studio. They are offered to students with a high degree of ceramic knowledge and skill, who are able to work independently while using the facilities of the Clay Studio. 

Produced work will typically be fired along with regular class firings. Exceptions are unusually large or numerous pieces, in which case a firing fee will be accessed. 

These positions are not open to production potters.  Emphasis in the Clay Studio is on learning and exploration. 

Before working in the Clay Studio, all students must sign in at the Front Desk. 

Enrollment for Independent Study coincides with registration and duration of the regular eight-week classes. 

Fee:   Resident: $120, Non-Resident: $140

Studio glazes and glaze materials are included in fee. Clay is extra.  Packaged clay is sold through the Studio in both a white stoneware and a fireclay at $12.50/25lb. A recycled clay is also available at $.30/lb.  Participants must use only clay purchased through the GCPR. 

Dog Training

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.

We will be focusing on manners, socialization & general obedience with agility. Introduction & use of clickers.

Day: Thursdays

Time: 6:30pm-8:00 pm

Dates: May 23 - June 27

Fee: Resident $60, Non-Resident $75

Location: Indoor Arena

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  Registration forms can also 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 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 Krystal Meyer at 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.