Flowers and child at Chatfield Farms

School Programs at Chatfield Farms

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, managed in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, features a natural environment of 700 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. All programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather. A Spanish speaking bilingual instructor may be available upon request.

School group tours are available Monday-Thursday.  

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

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Guided Programs

Small groups of students explore Chatfield Farms through guided and self-guided activity stations. Programs cost $6 per student for schools within SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside SCFD.

 

Pumpkin Discovery Days (Grades PreK–2)

Explore the pumpkin patch and mini-maze, learn how plants grow and pick a mini pumpkin to take home.
Available select dates in September 

 

School Group Farm Program (Grades PreK–12) 

See where food is grown, explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch site and learn about the history and future of farming in Colorado.

 

Ecosystem Adventure (Grades 1–12)

From wetlands to prairies, discover the important ecosystems and habitats along Deer Creek. Students investigate how plants and animals are adapted to survive in different ecosystems.

 

Sustainability 101 (Grades K–12)

From water conservation to the foods we consume, learn about all the ways we incorporate sustainability into daily life on the farm. Take new ideas and strategies back with you to implement at school or at home.

 

High School Service-Learning Projects (Grades 9-12)

Bring Garden and Farm careers to life for your students during a service-learning day. Service projects include helping in the produce fields, flower beds, assisting with research activities across the property and may include moving large quantities of materials or weeding. 
Oct. 3, 2022, 10 a.m. – noon; after the program your group is free to explore the site and/or eat lunch. April 2023 date TBD. 

 

Self-Guided School Visit (All Grades) 

Whether you have your own curriculum to follow or you just want your class to enjoy unstructured time exploring Deer Creek and the Hildebrand Ranch, a self-guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to experience Chatfield Farms. Education staff will greet and orient your group, then you are on your own to explore. 

Self-guided visits cost $5 per student for schools within SCFD, $6 per student for schools outside SCFD. Advance reservations are required for all self-guided visits.

 

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival

School groups interested in visiting Corn Maze or Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms must book general admission tickets at the student rate (no group pricing is available for these special events).

 

Call 720-865-3656 or email school.groups@botanicgardens.org 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.

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