Chatfield School Programs

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield features a natural environment of 750 acres. Come explore the plants, animals and history of this unique site located near the intersection of C-470 and Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton. Whether exploring the wetlands, riparian area or historical farm, students are sure to walk away with a newfound appreciation for life and the natural world that surrounds them.

Guided programs are no longer available at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.  Please choose from the self-guided Discovery Backpacks, Discovery Days or self-guided visits. Please email us with any questions.

Click here for directions to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Reservations:
Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance for Discovery Backpacks and Pumpkin Patch programs (both on a space-available basis). To schedule a visit or program, please call 720-865-4338. Shortly after you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to read our general information before your field trip. 

Pumpkin Festival
School groups are highly encouraged to attend Pumpkin Festival on Friday, October 11, 2013. To register your class, call 720-865-4338 by Friday, October 4, 2013. Payment is due upon reservation and teachers are required to chaperone. One adult per 10 students is free; each additional adult and siblings will need to pay regular admission at the time of arrival.
Option 1: $5 per student
     One class pumpkin for the classroom.
Option 2: $6 per student
     Each student will get one free small pumpkin.

Pumpkin Patch (Grades PreK-2)
Watch a 20-minute video to learn how pumpkins grow. Follow the tour guide to the Pumpkin Patch to complete a scavenger hunt and pick a pumpkin. Tour guide will then lead your group through the McDonald's Mini-Maze. One adult per ten students required. Extra adults must pay $2 each, no exceptions. 50 STUDENTS MAXIMUM 
Cost:  Class - $3 per student; Individual - $5 per student
When: Mid-September to early October 

Corn Maze (Grades 3-5) 
One hour inside our 8.5 acre corn maze. Students will negotiate the twists and turns of numerous winding pathways created by 12-foot tall stalks of corn. Students must be accompanied by an adult. One adult per five students required. 
Cost: $5 per person 
When: Mid to late October 

Discovery Backpacks
Explore the site on your own as adult chaperones lead small groups in hands-on activities related to the backpack's theme. When using our Discovery Backpacks, your group should be broken in smaller groups of no more than 10 students. Each small group will be given a Discovery Backpack to be completed under the leadership of an adult chaperone.
Cost: Discovery Backpacks are $1.50 per student for schools within the SCFD, $3.50 per student for schools outside the SCFD. One adult chaperone (parent or teacher) for every ten students is admitted free of charge.  Extra adults must pay $2 each, no exceptions. 

Exploring Plants (Grades 1-6)
Discover the diversity of plants while creating lasting memories to take home.

Exploring Animals (Grades 1-6)
Look for and identify different types of animals and their signs.   

Self-Guided Visit
Groups are welcome to visit Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield at any time. Whether you have your own curriculum to follow or you just want your class to enjoy the beauty of the natural world, a self-guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to explore Chatfield.  
Cost:  Self-guided visits will need to pay the entry fee of $5 per passenger vehicle, $8 for buses or vans seating 6-15 people, $15 for buses seating 16-30 people and $30 for buses seating 31+ people.