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Discovery Days

Discovery Days offer a unique mix of garden exploration, guided activities and self-guided activities. Groups can visit a variety of guided and self-guided stations throughout the Gardens at their own pace. At each station there is an activity related to the theme of the Discovery Day. In between stations, groups are encouraged to explore the Gardens on their own. Please note that the Mordecai Children’s Garden is not open to school groups during Discovery Days.

Please email registrar@botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580. Scheduling begins on Aug. 15 (or the following Monday if Aug. 15 falls on a weekend) for the entire school year. Shortly after you make your reservation, you will receive a confirmation packet with activities and materials to help prepare your students for the program. Please make sure to read our general information before your field trip.

Discovery Days cost $3 per student for schools within the SCFD, $5 per student for schools outside the SCFD. One adult chaperone (parent or teacher) for every five students is admitted free of charge. Extra adults must pay $6.50 each, no exceptions.

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.

Plant Discovery Day (Grades 1-2)
Explore the world of plants, how they grow and how people use them.  Eleven stations provide a variety of hands-on guided and self-guided activities about the basics of plants. 
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street
When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sept. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2013; April 14, 15,16,17,18, 2014 Schools from any district can register for any date.

Celebrating Wildflowers Week (Grades K-3)
Join people across the nation to celebrate wildflowers the third week in May as you discover the wonders of Colorado’s native wildflowers. Visit activity stations and complete self-guided explorations and observations in our native plant gardens. Enhance your knowledge of basic plant structure and function, while discovering Colorado’s wildflowers.  (Grades K-3)
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014

Ecosystem Exploration (Grades 4-6)
Explore a riparian, grassland and garden ecosystem and learn how the living and nonliving components interact. A variety of stations will encourage up close observation of each ecosystem.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 6, 7, 8, 9, 2014