Two toddlers pouring water from watering cans in the Mordecai Children's Garden.

Toddler & Preschool Programs

The Gardens’ programs for toddlers and preschoolers focus on hands-on experiences with nature that stimulate the senses and meet the developmental needs of the whole child while fostering a lifelong appreciation for plants and the natural world. Instructors guide young budding naturalists and their caregivers through playful garden explorations, art projects, planting activities and more.

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Seedlings Programs at York Street

Seedlings classes at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the natural world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance.

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Strolling Stories at Chatfield Farms

Story time and nature hikes unite in this program at Chatfield Farms for preschool-age children. Each week venture out around the grounds of Chatfield Farms and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Strolling Stories programs are scheduled in the fall and spring.

Program dates for fall 2024 will go on sale early in July.

Prairie Pup Adventures at Plains Conservation Center
Prairie Pup Adventures at Plains Conservation Center

Prairie Pup Adventures at the Plains Conservation Center offers a fun, hands-on way for preschool-age children to learn about the animals, plants and people who call the prairie home.

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