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Science Labs

Science Labs provide an up-close look at a topic through experiments and activities that help to build students’ understanding. Labs take place inside, but teachers are provided with an optional self-guided outdoor exploration to reinforce the topic independently. All labs are offered for grades K-12; specific activities change to meet the unique needs of your learners.

10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout the school year. Each session is limited to 30 students.

To schedule a Science Lab, 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 email with activities and materials to help prepare your students for the program. Please make sure to read our general information before your field trip.

Science Labs cost $5 per student for schools within the SCFD districts, $7 per student for schools outside of the SCFD districts. One adult chaperone (parent or teacher) for every five students is admitted free of charge. Extra adults must pay $7 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.

Pre-Payment for all school group visits
We now require advance payment for school group visits. Final payment is due one week before the program. Additional children or chaperones will result in additional cost the day of the program. Bringing fewer students does not result in a refund because we must prepare for your full number of students. You may pay via check or credit card.

  • When paying by check please make the check out to: Denver Botanic Gardens. You may mail it to: 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206; Attn: school programs.
  • When paying by credit card please call our registrar at 720-865-3580. If you must leave a message, our registrar will call you back.

Cancellation and Rescheduling
Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non-refundable. If you must reschedule or make other changes, please do so as early as possible because our dates often fill.

Science Labs

Pollinator Partners 
Learn how the garden depends on pollinators to help it grow. Dissect a flower and take a close up look at the insects and organisms that help a garden grow. 

Soil Study
Is soil alive? Become a soil scientist and find out for yourself. Investigate what makes up soil and what kind of soil you need to grow healthy plants.

Plants 101
Discover the life of a plant in this lab. Younger students will explore plant parts and plant life cycle, while older students will take a closer look at plant cells and photosynthesis. This lab is a great introduction to plants and will cover all your plant basics. 

Seed Lab
Explore the amazing world of seeds from the biggest to the smallest and investigate their function in the life cycle of plants.

Fabulous Fungi
Examine a variety of fungus and mold and discover their role within ecosystems.

Genetics Lab
Where does our food come from? Explore the ways humans have used genetics to produce the food we eat. This lab also includes an introduction/review of traits and DNA structure.

Custom Labs
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give us a call if you’d like to schedule a custom lab. Let us know what you are studying and we will develop a fun and engaging lab that meets your academic needs. Subject to expert availability. Custom Labs cost $8 per student for schools within the SCFD districts, $10 per student for schools outside of the SCFD districts.

Mordecai Children’s Garden
Please note that the Mordecai Children’s Garden is designed for families and therefore school groups have limited access. School groups wishing to visit the children’s garden will need to purchase a $2 timed ticket in addition to their regular fee. Please call 720-865-3580 for more information or to reserve your space.