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General Visit Information - Chatfield

General Information for School Group Visits to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Prior to Your Visit

  • All groups are required to bring one adult for every 10 students. Please coordinate this in advance, as Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to refuse admittance to groups with too few adults.
  • Review the behavior guidelines listed below with your students and adult chaperones.
  • Although we are in close proximity, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is not associated with Chatfield State Park. Please make sure you know how to get to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield prior to your departure. Please click here for directions.
  • Encourage your students to come dressed for the outdoors and quickly changing weather conditions. Layers of clothing, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle are highly recommended.

Upon Arrival at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

  • Please proceed along the entrance road until you reach the parking lot. Buses should park in the parking lot.
  • Groups coming for a general visit 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.
  • Groups participating in a Guided Program should meet their guide at the white building located at the south end of the parking lot.
  • Groups using a Discovery Backpack or participating in the Pumpkin Patch program do not need to pay the entry fee, but should pay their program fee to their guide when they check out the backpacks or before the start of their program.
  • Groups checking out Discovery Backpacks should send two or three adults to the Administration Building, located across the bridge and to the left, to pick up the backpacks. Students should remain near the parking lot.

During Your Visit

Potential hazards exist at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield; students can trip and fall on the trail, fall into the water, come in contact with poisonous plants, or suffer bee stings or rattlesnake bites. Discussion and enforcement of the behavioral expectations can prevent many of these accidents from occurring.

  • Stay on designated trails. Walking off of the trail can trample the plants of our natural environment. Rattlesnakes and other animals might be hiding in the plants, as well.
  • Keep voices at a normal talking level. Loud voices can scare off the animals, preventing students from seeing them. Stay with your group. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a large place - don't risk getting lost.
  • Leave things as you found them. While it is tempting to take home a flower, stick or other wonderful find, please remember that these objects are all part of the natural environment. If everyone took something home with him or her, eventually there would be nothing left.
  • All students (regardless of age) must be under constant adult supervision. A ratio of one adult for every 10 students must be observed at all times.
  • Lunch can be eaten in the picnic area south of the Schoolhouse or at several rest areas along the trails. Please make sure students clean up after themselves and leave no trash behind. Trash cans are available at the picnic area and restrooms.
  • Restrooms are located at the parking lot. Encourage students to use the restroom before beginning your exploration of the site as there are no other restrooms.
  • Please keep an eye out for maintenance vehicles that may be working along the trails. Ask your group to step aside if one crosses your path.