Science Labs

Science Labs at York Street provide an up-close look at a topic through experiments and activities that help to build students’ understanding. Science labs take place indoors. School groups are welcome to conduct a self-guided exploration of the Gardens before or after their scheduled lab time. 

10-­11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.­ - 12:15 p.m. or 12:30-­1:30 p.m. on select days throughout the school year. Each session is limited to 30 students.

Here is the application to request a science lab with Denver Botanic Gardens. Scheduling began on Aug. 15, 2019 for the entire school year. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to read all confirmation material to help prepare for your field trip. Spring 2020 science labs are sold out!

Science Labs cost $5 per student for schools within the SCFD districts, $7 per student for schools outside of the SCFD districts. One adult chaperone (parent or teacher) for every five students is admitted free of charge. Extra adults must pay $7 each, no exceptions.

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.

Pre­-Payment for all school group visits

We require advance payment for school group visits. Final payment is due one week before the program. Additional children or chaperones will result in additional cost the day of the program. Bringing fewer students does not result in a refund because we must prepare for your full number of students.

You may pay via check or credit card.

  • When paying by check please make the check out to Denver Botanic Gardens. You may mail it to 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206; Attn: school programs.
  • When making payment by credit card please call our resource center at 720-865-3500.

Cancellation and Rescheduling

Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non­refundable. If you must reschedule or make other changes, please do so as early as possible because our dates often fill.

Pollinator Partners (Grades K-5)

Learn how the garden depends on pollinators to help it grow. Dissect a flower and take a close up look at the insects and organisms that help a garden grow. A Spanish speaking bilingual instructor may be available upon request.

Seed Lab (Grades K-5)

Explore the amazing world of seeds from the biggest to the smallest and investigate their function in the life cycle of plants.

Soil Study (Grades K-8)

Is soil alive? Become a soil scientist and find out for yourself. Investigate what makes up soil and what kind of soil you need to grow healthy plants.

Plants 101 (Grades K-12)

Discover the life of a plant in this lab. Younger students will explore plant parts and plant life cycle, while older students will take a closer look at plant cells and photosynthesis. This lab is a great introduction to plants and will cover all your plant basics.

Fabulous Fungi (Grades K-12)

Examine a variety of fungus and mold and discover their role within ecosystems.

Genetics Lab (Grades 4-12)

Where does our food come from? Explore the ways humans have used genetics to produce the food we eat. This lab also includes an introduction/review of traits and DNA structure.

Custom Labs (Grades K-12)

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give us a call if you’d like to schedule a custom lab. Let us know what you are studying and we will develop a fun and engaging lab that meets your academic needs. Subject to expert availability. Custom Labs cost $8 per student for schools within the SCFD districts, $10 per student for schools outside of the SCFD districts.

Mordecai Children’s Garden

Please note that Mordecai Children’s Garden is designed for families and therefore school groups have limited access. School groups wishing to visit the Children’s Garden will need to purchase a $2 timed ticket in addition to their regular fee. Please call 720-­865-­3500 for more information or to reserve your space.

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