Classes & events

 Classes & events

We offer classes with experienced instructors to help you make the best use of your utilities resources. 

IECC Code Adoption Workshop: Implementing New Code Requirements

Please join us for an overview of the El Paso County/Pikes Peak Regional Building Department adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) building codes. Residential home builders, framers, HVAC, insulation and other contractors, find out what this means for you. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

3 to 5 p.m.
Conservation & Environmental Center
2855 Mesa Rd. (map)
Free parking and open to the public
The speaker is Robby Schwartz, principal and director of builder relations at EnergyLogic, Inc. Topics include:
  • An overview of the new code requirements
  • What builders need to know to be up to code
  • Tighter air barriers -- what it means for framers
  • Stricter HERS rating requirements
  • Understand the incentives from Colorado Springs Utilities
Door prizes include a YETI (TM) cooler and a Nest Learning Thermostat!
RSVP by July 11 to Debra Hudson,
Click here for a printable flier.


Free Water Wise Landscape classes

There is no charge for classes and reservations are not required, unless otherwise noted; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Please submit first and last name and selected class date to or call 719-668-8232.

All classes are held at our Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, home of our beautiful Water Wise Demonstration Garden. For more information, call (719) 668-8232.

2018 Class Schedule
Class descriptions are listed below the schedule.

March 7 ​Spring Lawn Care 6 to 7:15 p.m.
​March 10 ​Spring Cleanup 9 to 10 a.m.
​March 17 ​Spring Lawn Care ​9 to 10:15 a.m.
March 21 ​Spring Cleanup ​​6 to 7 p.m.
​March 28 ​Design Ideas for the Water Wise Yard ​​6 to 7 p.m.
​April 4 ​Water Wise Landscape Design ​6 to 7:30 p.m.
​April 7 ​Blue Grama and Buffalograss Lawns ​9 to 10:30 a.m.
​April 14 7 Principles of a Water Wise Yard ​​9 to 10:30 a.m.
​April 18 ​Outstanding Water Wise Plants ​6 to 7 p.m.
​April 21 ​Drip Irrigation Do-It-Yourself 9 to 10:30 a.m.
May 5 ​Water Wise Landscape Design 9 to 10:30 a.m.
May 9 ​Winning Against Weeds ​6 to 7 p.m.
​May 16 ​What Makes a Smart Controller So Smart? 6 to 7 p.m.
​May 19 Design Ideas for the Water Wise Yard ​​​9 to 10 a.m.
​May 23 ​Tour of Tough Plants ​5 to 6 p.m.
June 2 ​What Makes a Smart Controller So Smart? ​9 to 10 a.m.
​June 6  Winning Against Weeds ​6 to 7 p.m.
​June 13 ​Drip Irrigation Do-It-Yourself ​6 to 7:30 p.m.
June 20 ​ 7 Principles of a Water Wise Yard 6 to 7:30 p.m.
​June 23 ​Outstanding Water Wise Plants 9 to 10 a.m.
​June 27  ​Tour of Tough Plants 5 to 6 p.m.
​July 25 ​ Tour of Tough Plants ​5 to 6 p.m.
Sept. 26 ​Fall Yard Cleanup 6 to 7 p.m.
Spring Lawn Care
Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Early spring is a critical time to care for your lawn. But don’t just copy what your neighbors are doing--learn the right way to prevent common lawn care problems and have the best looking grass on the block! We’ll also discuss watering, fertilizing, aerating and mowing. Investing in smart spring lawn care tasks will help you grow a thick healthy lawn you can enjoy all summer.
Spring Cleanup
Emily Danti, Colorado Master Gardener, Grow Gardens LLC.
Spring is here! Learn which plants to cut back, how to do it and when. We’ll cover common spring cleanup tasks with an emphasis on water-wise perennials, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and basic shrub pruning.
Design Ideas for the Water Wise Yard
Molly Morris, Horticulture Staff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Don’t just rock it! Explore local photographs of what a water wise yard can look like and how each makes best use of water in the landscape. Attend this introductory class before designing your sustainable, low maintenance landscape.
Water Wise Landscape Design
Molly Morris, Horticulture Staff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Learn how to create a successful water wise landscape design that works for you. Learn how to analyze your current landscape, determine what you need from your new landscape and how to get it on paper. Learn what to consider for a functional, sustainable and beautiful yard. 
Blue Grama and Buffalograss Lawns
Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Tired of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn? Come learn what other grass options exist for a water wise yard, and which one is best for you. Learn what's required to prepare a site, then install and maintain them. We'll cover all the options, with an emphasis on blue grama and buffalograss.
7 Principles of a Water Wise Yard
Molly Morris, Horticulture Staff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Learn how to create a smart landscape for Colorado using the seven water conserving principles of xeriscape--planning, soil improvement, minimized turf, efficient irrigation, grouping plants by water need, mulch and maintenance. We’ll walk you through these seven concepts while offering landscaping tips and photos of local examples.
Outstanding Water Wise Plants
Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Want to learn more about easy, reliable, low water plants?  This class covers everything from trees to perennials with pictures and plant descriptions from our online resource,  Check out this class if you are a newbie to gardening in the Pikes Peak region.
Drip Irrigation Do-It-Yourself
Steve Loy, Colorado Master Gardener, Sun Maintenance Service, Inc.
A mixture of lecture and hands-on activities, we'll cover the advantages of drip irrigation, choices of components, how to design a system, and guidelines to provide the right amount of water to your plants.
Winning Against Weeds
Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Controlling weeds is an important part of maintaining a healthy landscape. Learn about practical solutions for short term landscape weed control and long term prevention. We’ll also discuss the times of year to get the best outcome for the time and energy you invest. Don’t let weeds dominate your summer free time any longer!
What Makes a Smart Controller So Smart?
Lisa Pace, Landscape Designer and Water Conservation Specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Take the guesswork out of programming your sprinklers and learn about how “smart controllers” make best use of your water. This class will focus on the options and settings that make them so smart. One free smart controller will be given away at each class!

Tour of Tough Plants 
We’ll show you what low-water plants look like in their mature form, point out solutions to common landscape challenges and highlight eye-catching plant combinations. Tours will highlight plants in bloom. 

Fall Yard Cleanup
Molly Morris, Horticulture Staff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Most of the hard work of summer is done, but there are a few things you can do in the fall to prepare your yard for spring. Learn about fall lawn fertilizing, what to cut back and rake up now, what not to and when to plan on fall and winter watering for healthy plants next year.