Help your students grow their knowledge of prairie living, ecology studies and appreciation for the natural world with a program from Denver Botanic Gardens held at the Plains Conservation Center, located at 21901 E. Hampden Avenue in Aurora, CO.

Programs are cross-curricular, align with Colorado Academic Standards and emphasize student-led discovery through a variety of hands-on activities and guided explorations. All programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather. Cancellations due to extreme weather may be rescheduled.

  • Registration for Fall 2016 Prairie Perspectives started May 1, 2016.
  • Registration for all other 2016-2017 programs started on August 2, 2016.

Advance registration and prepayment is required for all programs. Here is the application to request a school program at the Plains Conservation Center.

For more information, program questions or adjustments on program times, please contact Julie Blue, Plains Education Coordinator, at julie.blue@botanicgardens.org.

 

One-Day Prairie Perspectives Immersion Plus Optional Overnight (Grades 3-5)

Immerse your students in the challenging perspective of a child growing up in the 1800s as a Cheyenne Indian or a homesteader. Students explore the prairie ecosystem and participate in activities at the homestead and Cheyenne camp, cook a meal, journal and connect with the cultural history. Overnight portion includes campfire, storytelling, wagon rides on the prairie and sleeping in the tipis (weather permitting).

Cost:

  • One-Day Prairie Perspective Immersion, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: $60 SCFD / $65 outside SCFD
  • One-Day Prairie Perspectives Plus Optional Overnight ends 9 a.m. the following day: $125 SCFD / $130 outside SCFD

(One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $30 each for the one day program and $60 each for the overnight program. A 50 percent deposit is due at least 30 days prior to program date; full payment is due at least one week pre-program.

When: One Day Immersion: September-October and March-May
Overnights: May and September only

Class Size: Maximum 35 students

 

Life in the High Plains Field Trips (Grades 1-5)

Discover the Prairie on a wagon ride (weather permitting) and/or discover what life was like for the Cheyenne Indians and the homesteaders on the high plains in the 1800s. Explore how the Cheyenne adopted a lifestyle of semi-nomadic hunter/gatherers to thrive on the prairie. Learn about roles within the homesteading communities of 1887 and how they supported each other. Learn about the flora and fauna of the prairie while engaging in real field-science which may include bird surveys, prairie dog ethograms and water quality testing.

When registering, please indicate which of the following program areas you would like to reserve: Prairie Ecology, Sod Homestead and/or Cheyenne Camp (maximum of two topics):

  • Option 1: Sod Homestead / Cheyenne Camp Combo (Tuesdays and Fridays)
    Class size: Maximum 90 students
  • Option 2: Sod Homestead / Prairie Ecology Combo (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    Class size: Maximum 90 students
  • Option 3: Cheyenne Camp / Prairie Ecology Combo (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    Class size: Maximum 90 students
  • Option 4: Prairie Ecology (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    Class size: Maximum 60 students
  • Option 5: Cheyenne Camp (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    Class size: Maximum 60 students
  • Option 6: Sod homestead (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    Class size: Maximum 60 students

Cost: $10 per student SCFD / $12 outside SCFD (One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $7 each.)

When: September - November 18 and March - May

Time: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (including lunch break)

 

Prairie Ecology (Grades 6-8)

Students engage in real field-science as they explore the prairie flora and fauna. They may conduct bird surveys, perform prairie dog ethograms and do water quality testing.

Cost: $10 per student SCFD / $12 outside SCFD (One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $7 each.)

Time: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Class size: Maximum 60 students