School Group Tours

Help students grow their science skills, while gaining knowledge and appreciation for the natural world, with a program from Denver Botanic Gardens. Programs emphasize student-led discovery for students online or onsite at one of our three locations. Programs are cross-curricular and align with Colorado Academic Standards. Advanced reservations are required for all programs.

Submit a School Group Tour Request

Call 720-865-3656 or email with any questions.

A limited amount of scholarship money is available to support schools with 50 percent or more participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
Find out more about our scholarship program.


Students explore the Gardens in a small group with a guide to investigate the topic.

Programs cost $6 per student for schools within SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside SCFD. Larger groups will be separated into multiple tour times and smaller groups of no more than 9 people, including students and adult chaperones. A Spanish speaking bilingual instructor may be available upon request.

York Street 

Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, in cooperation with the City and County of Denver, presents a wide range of gardens and collections on 24 acres. The gardens reflect an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world.

York Street Location:
1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

Gardens Galore Tour (Grades K–12)

Explore gardens that represent plants from all corners of the world. 

Nature and Art Tour (Grades K–12) 

Did you know the Gardens is a living museum that celebrates art in addition to plants? Come discover the Gardens through the eyes of an artist.

Name that Tree Tour (Grades 3–12)

Broaden your students’ knowledge of Colorado trees while they develop plant identification skills.

Chatfield Farms

Chatfield Farms features a natural environment of 700 acres. Come explore the nature 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. School group tours are available Monday-Thursday.

Chatfield Farms Location:
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

Pumpkin Patch (Grades PreK–2) Available select dates Sept. – Oct.

Explore the pumpkin patch and mini-maze, learn how plants grow and pick a mini pumpkin to take home.

School Group Farm Tour (Grades K–12)

Explore Chatfield Farms on a site tour. See where food is grown and take a tour around the historical Hildebrand Ranch site (all buildings are temporarily closed).

Ecosystem Adventure Tour (Grades 1-12)

From wetlands to prairies, discover the important ecosystems along Deer Creek. On this guided hike students learn about how plants and animals are adapted to survive in different ecosystems.

Plains Conservation Center

Plains Conservation Center is situated on a natural prairie ecosystem located in Aurora. Students explore the natural and human history on this unique landscape. Requests will be accepted for Plains Conservation Center school programs on or after March 1, 2021.

Plains Conservation Center Location:
21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Prairie Ecosystem Tour (Grades K-12)

Students will take a guided hike onto the open space to learn about what makes the Colorado Short Grass Prairie ecosystem unique. Participants will explore using a combination of scavenger hunts, sensory observation, instructor demonstrations, and up-close looks at the plants and animals that live at Plains Conservation Center.

People on the Prairie (Grades 1-5)

Students will travel back in time on a guided hike through the Cheyenne Camp and Homestead Village to learn about life on the Colorado plains in the 1800s. These areas will be explored using a combination of scavenger hunts, story-telling, instructor demonstrations, and up-close looks at the homes and artifacts of that time period.

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