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Self-Guided School Visit

Groups are welcome to visit Denver Botanic Gardens at any time. Whether you have your own curriculum to follow or you just want your class to enjoy the beauty of our gardens, a self-guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to explore the Gardens.

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.

Reservations:
Reservations for self-guided visits must be made at least two weeks in advance. Groups must have an advance reservation to qualify for school group rates (see below) Groups who show up without a reservation will not qualify for the school group rates and will be charged standard admission. To schedule a self-guided visit, please email registrar@botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580. Shortly after you make your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with information for your arrival at the Gardens and behavior while inside the Gardens. Please be sure to read our general information before your field trip.

Cost:
Self-guided visits cost $2 per student for schools within the SCFD, $4 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.

New: 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.

Activity Worksheets

These activity worksheets encourage careful observation of the Gardens by your students and will provide direction for their visit. Please feel free to print out these worksheets and copy as many as you need for your group.