York Street School Programs

School Programs at 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 

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Guided Tours

Small groups of students explore the site with a guide to investigate the topic. Tour programs cost $6 per student for schools within SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside SCFD. Tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Larger groups will be separated into multiple tour times and smaller groups of students with their adult chaperones. A Spanish speaking bilingual instructor may be available upon request.  

 

Sensory Tour (PreK–K) 

Little ones can touch, smell, hear, taste and see their way through the Gardens. This program is offered indoors in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory during winter months. 

 

Sprouts Tour (Grades 1–2) 

Discover how plants grow and use your senses to interact with a wide diversity of plants. Offered in September, October, April and May. 

 

Gardens Galore Tour (Grades 1–12)  

Think like a botanist and 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.  

 

Journey to the Rainforest Tour (Grades 2–12) 

Explore the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory and compare tropical ecosystems to our climate here in Colorado. Primary grades focus on rainforest habitats while secondary grades explore the evolution of plant life. Offered December-March. 

 

Discovery Stations 

On select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we fill the Gardens with a variety of activity stations. Hands-on explorations can be led or self-guided. In between stations, you are welcome to explore the Gardens. Discovery Days cost $5 per student for schools within SCFD, $6 per student for schools outside SCFD. A Spanish speaking bilingual instructor may be available upon request for certain stations.  

10 a.m.-noon on select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 

 

Plant Discovery Day (Grades PreK–5)  

Explore the world of plants, how they grow and how people use them. Select Wednesdays-Fridays in September, October, March, April and May 

 

Día Discovery Day (Grades 1–5) 

Discover the traditions of Día de los Muertos at the Gardens as you explore altars and learn about the importance of marigolds, monarch butterflies and more.
Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2022 

 

Rainforest Discovery Day: (Grades 1–12) 

Embark on a journey through the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory and other indoor gardens to learn about rainforest plants, their adaptations and how they are used in our daily lives.
Select Thursdays and Fridays in December, January and February 

 

Ecosystem Discovery Day (Grades 2–5) 

Explore the variety of ecosystems and habitats, both local and global, represented at Denver Botanic Gardens. For groups of 60 or more students only. If you have a smaller group, please inquire about a tour version of the program in the comments section of your program request form. By request only, dates subject to staff availability.  

 

Science Inquiry Stations (Grades 6–12) 

Experience the process of science at the Gardens. Activity stations lead students to use claims, evidence, and reasoning to investigate phenomenal plant topics. For groups of 60 or more students only. If you have a smaller group, please inquire about a tour version of the program in the comments section of your program request form. By request only, dates subject to staff availability.  

 

Self-Guided School Visit

(All Grades)

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.  

Groups are welcome to visit Denver Botanic Gardens at any time. Whether you have your own curriculum to follow or you just want your class to enjoy the beauty of the Gardens, a self-guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to experience the Gardens. Education staff will greet and orient your group, then you are on your own to explore.  

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

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 students and their adult chaperones. 

 

The Mordecai Children’s Garden is currently closed to school groups. Starting in March 2023, school groups of pre-K–2nd grade students are welcome to reserve admission to the Children’s Garden along with their school group visit. Admission to the Children's Garden is an additional $2 per student. 

 

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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