York Street gardens will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Chatfield Farms will be closed during the day on Dec. 9. Both York Street and Chatfield Farms will be open for Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights on Dec. 9.
Cultivation Cruiser Outreach brings the Gardens to your classroom with plants, fun and unique activities, and planting projects. Our programs will engage your student's natural curiosity to excite them about the world of plants all within the confines of your classroom.
Here is the application to request a cultivation cruiser program with Denver Botanic Gardens. Registration for Cultivation Cruiser programs at your school begins Aug. 2, 2016. Approximately two weeks before our visit to your classroom, you will receive a confirmation packet with materials and a book(s) to prepare your students for our visit.
Cultivation Cruiser programs cost $75 each plus a $15 mileage fee ($0.60 per mile outside the SCFD) for each trip we take to your school. Scholarship money is available to support schools with 60 percent or more participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Find out more about our scholarship program. Age ranges below are suggestions only. We can adapt most programs to meet the needs of a variety of learners. Programs limited to 30 students.
Sensory Adventures (Grades PreK-1) - 60 minutes
Students will use their sense of smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing to explore the world of plants.
Ecological Explorations (Grades 2-4) - 90 minutes
Plants and animals work together in many ways in ecosystems all over the world. Students will discover what lives in an ecosystem and how the plants and animals in the ecosystem interact with one another.
Flower Power (Grades 1-5) - 90 minutes
Flowers are beautiful, but their real and important purpose is for reproduction in the plant. Students will investigate flowers and learn how they help in the important process of pollination and seed formation.
P.S.I.: Plant Science Investigators (Grades 5-8) - 90 minutes
Many crime scenes and suspects contain traces of plants as evidence. Learn how basic plant concepts such as photosynthesis and seed dispersal are used by investigators to solve crimes.
Junior Gardeners (Grades 2-12)
Explore the world of plants and gardening. Learn how to grow your own plants, while discovering how gardening extends beyond plants to include insects, soil and the environment. Be prepared to get dirt under your fingernails, play with pet worms, watch plants eat insects, eat the plants you grow and have lots of fun! As part of the program we will bring a grow light to your school for students to grow plants indoors. (This program is 6 sessions long, 60 minutes per session. The cost for the six week program is $600.)
Planting Project (Grades PreK-12) - 90 minutes
Provide an opportunity for your students to get dirt under the fingernails while planting their very own plant to care for. Each small group of 20-30 students will spend approximately 15 minutes each exploring a diverse selection of plants with their five senses and potting a plant to take home. Cost: $1 per student, $100 minimum.