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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.

Registration for programs begins August 15, 2015.

Click here for directions to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

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 720-865-3580. Shortly after you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to read our general information before your field trip. 

Pre-Payment required

  • Payment is accepted via check or credit card and is due in full one week prior to the date of program. No refund for scheduled children who do not attend the program. Cancellations up to one week before the program date are fully refunded and free of charge. Cancellations made less than a week before the program date are considered a donation to our school programs.
  • When paying by check please make the check out to Denver Botanic Gardens and mail to 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206, Attn: School Programs.
  • When paying by credit card call our registrar at 720-865-3580.

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 sell out.


The Ecosystems of Chatfield (Grades 2-5)
Discover Chatfield’s diverse ecosystems while learning about habitats, animal adaptations and connections between the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. During this guided program, students will participate in interactive activities while visiting the wetlands, the riparian ecosystem and the farm. After the guided portion, students can complete a self-guided scavenger hunt and bird walk. (Outdoors, except during inclement weather).
When: September – May on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD.

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 Mini-Maze. One adult per five students admitted free. Extra adults must pay $7 each, no exceptions. 50 STUDENTS MAXIMUM. When registering, select a class pumpkin or individual pumpkins for each student.
When: September 14 - October 30, 2015
Cost: Class pumpkin: $3 per student; Individual pumpkin: $5 per student

Looking for Pumpkin Festival? See Special Events below.

School Group Farm Tour (Grades K – 12)
Explore Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms with a site tour. Visit the Deer Creek School House and farm animals, see where food is grown and take a tour through the historical Hildebrand Ranch house and summer kitchen. After the guided tour, students can complete a self-guided scavenger hunt and bird walk.
When: Spring 2016
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD

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 receive a Discovery Backpack to complete with the adult chaperone.
Cost: $3.50 per student for schools within the SCFD, $5.50 per student for schools outside the SCFD. One adult chaperone (parent or teacher) for every five students is admitted free.  Extra adults must pay $7 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.
Exploring Butterflies (Grades 1-6)
Learn about butterflies and the plants that attract them.
Please note: The Butterflies at Chatfield Exhibit is seasonal and is open late May through early fall. Butterfly Discovery Backpacks are only available during those times.

Self-Guided Visit
Groups are welcome to visit Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, when space allows. Whether you have your own curriculum 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 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 $7 each, no exceptions.

Special Events for School Groups

Pumpkin Festival
School groups may attend Pumpkin Festival on Friday, October 9, 2015 with an advance reservation. To register your class, call 720-865-4338 by Friday, October 2, 2015. 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.
Cost: Class pumpkin: $5 per student; Small individual pumpkin: $6 per student

Corn Maze
One hour inside our 8-acre corn maze. Students will negotiate the twists and turns of winding pathways created by stalks of corn. Students must be accompanied by an adult. One adult per five students required. To register, call 720-865-4338.
When: Mid-late October
Cost: $5 per person