Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

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About CSU Extension, Tri River Area

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The CSU Extension for the Tri River Area (TRA) is comprised of four counties (Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray) and three major rivers (Uncompahgre, Gunnison, and Colorado). The population of the TRA area is ~233,082 and ~7300 square miles of everything from mountains to dry lands. The majority of the population reside in the Uncompahgre and Grand Valleys which contain the main cities of Grand Junction, Delta, Ouray and Montrose.

Tri River Area is part of a larger region named the Western Region which consists of 14 other counties. To access the Western Region website for information, current events, and more, please click here: Western Region Colorado State University

For a list of other CSU Extension Offices, please click here: CSU Extension Online Directory

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About CSU Extension

Do you sometimes feel like you’re on information overload? With hundreds of television channels to choose from, social media options such as Twitter and Facebook, and more and more websites popping up every day, it’s challenging to know which information to trust.

Colorado State University Extension can provide relief by offering reliable, research-based information to help you make informed decisions.

Wherever you live, Extension’s job is to determine what issues, concerns and needs are unique to each community, and offer sound and effective solutions. Whether you have a question about health, financial literacy, pasture or livestock management, weeds, pests or gardens, 4-H or youth development, renewable energy, elder or child-care issues, CSU Extension can connect you to the latest, most accurate data.

For over 100 years, Extension has helped people in Colorado find the answers they need—for a healthy home life and successful business. And now with our partners at, everyone with a computer has access to a nation-wide network of professionals who can help answer specific questions and solve distinctive problems.

There’s only one difference between Colorado State University Extension and the University itself: the entire state is our campus. Our system of county offices puts Extension resources within easy reach of Colorados’ 64 counties.

In 1914, Congress authorized land-grant Universities in every state to feed research-based information to Extension agents in each county. We’ve been in the education/information business ever since.

Faculty and staff with expertise in agriculture, horticulture, range, forestry, water, health promotion, financial literacy, business management, community development and 4-H youth-development-based in counties and on campus-are all part of Extension’s effort to bring the latest information to the people of Colorado.

Click here to see our Mission and Vision Statements

Just a few of our programs:

4-H Youth Development
Each year, nearly 100,000 Colorado youth benefit from Extension’s 4-H programs by participating in hands-on projects including: environmental science, rocketry, foods and nutrition, animal science, photography and more. As a result, they learn valuable life skills such as leadership, ethics, decision making, record keeping, responsibility and community service.
Water Quality and Water Saving Education
One example of how we help Colorado citizen’s understand and protect water resources in the state, Extension, in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, developed guidelines to help Colorado crop producers employ Best Management Practices that protect the state’s water resources while allowing producers to remain economically competitive.
Native Plant Masters
After training and certification, volunteers educate the public about using and appreciating native Colorado plants; this fosters stewardship and sustainable use of plant resources.
Clean and Renewable Energy
Our network of Extension agents and specialists empowers Coloradans to make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions through hands-on workshops, online webinars, publications, field demonstrations, K-12 teacher training’s, and volunteer development.
Nutrition Education
Helping Colorado residents acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to maintain healthy lifestyles; reduce the incidence and severity of selected lifestyle-related diseases; and improve safe food practices—from farm to table—to reduce food-borne illness.


Programs are just one way Extension delivers quality information. You can also access a huge database of downloadable resources from our on-campus Resource Center. Our publications are not textbooks, but easy-to-read booklets, information sheets, and brochures. The resources are specifically intended for everyday use and application, written by experts and based on the latest findings. To learn more, go to: 

Accurate and Unbiased Information

Answers are as close as your nearest county Extension office. When you are looking for straightforward, research-based, usable information, make your first stop CSU Extension. You won’t need to go any further.

Call your nearest county extension office for more information. Let Colorado State University Extension help you to improve the quality of life for your family and your community.

Colorado Revised Statutes Title 23, Article 34 outlines the objectives of CSU Extension, “The objectives of the service’s programs shall continue to be the dissemination of information to the people of this state in order to assist them in applying the results of scientific research and technological developments, as well as lessons from practical experience to the solution of individual, family and community problems, drawing on relevant knowledge from various fields, including but not limited to agriculture, natural resources, home economics, nutrition, health, citizenship, and community and economic development.”

This act goes on to outline the authority to accomplish the purposes of the article. These include, under (e), “Development of interstate and multi county administrative or program arrangements, memorandum of understanding and agreements to achieve state extension objectives.”

COVID-19 Impact

CSU Extension is closely monitoring and following COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance as outlined by public health experts. Our office hours and availability vary by location, please see the Contact Us page for up-to-date office hours or to contact an Agent in your area.