Programs emphasize student-led discovery through a variety of hands-on activities and guided explorations. Programs are cross-curricular and align with Colorado Academic Standards.

Self-Guided Visit at York Street

Whether you have your own curriculum to follow or you just want your class to enjoy the beauty of our gardens, a self-­guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to explore the Gardens.

Cost
Self-guided visits cost $3.50 per student for schools within the SCFD, $5.50 per student for schools outside the SCFD. One adult chaperone (parent or teacher) for every five students is admitted free of charge. Extra adults must pay $7 each, no exceptions.

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 note, there is no available lunch space for school groups in the Children’s Garden.

Reservations
Reservations for self­-guided visits must be made at least two weeks in advance. Groups must have an advance reservation to qualify for school group rates. Groups who show up without a reservation will not qualify for the school group rates and will be charged standard admission.

Request a self-guided school visit.

 

Guided Tours at York Street

Gardens Galore Tour (Grades K-12)

Get the most out of your visit to the Gardens on a guided tour with your students. Explore gardens that represent plants from all corners of the world.
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. on select on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer
Class size: Maximum 30 students
Cost: Guided explorations 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.

Nature and Art at York Street (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. Learn art concepts and vocabulary while exploring the sculptures and artwork on display.
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., and 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer
Class size: Maximum 30 students
Cost: Guided explorations 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.

 

Summer Self-Guided Visit at Chatfield Farms (June-September)

Groups are welcome to visit Chatfield Farms when space allows. Whether you have your own curriculum or you just want to enjoy the beauty of the natural world, a self­-guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to explore Chatfield Farms.
When: Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer
Cost: $3.50 per student for schools within SCFD, $5 per student for schools outside SCFD. Advance reservations are required for all self-guided visits. One adult per every ten students is required; chaperones are admitted free of charge.
Add-on Butterfly House: The Butterfly House at Chatfield Farms is a seasonal summer exhibit open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Groups wishing to visit the Butterfly House will need to purchase an additional $2 ticket for each student in addition to their regular fee. One adult per every ten students is required; chaperones are admitted free of charge.

 

At the Plains Conservation Center

Life in the High Plains Field Trips (Grades K-6)

Life in the High Plains Field Trip includes outside and inside learning, weather permitting. Inside or out, the trip is a fun, immersive educational experience. Students discover what life was like for the Cheyenne Indians and the homesteaders on the high plains in the 1800s. They learn about how the Cheyenne adopted a lifestyle of semi-nomadic hunter/gatherers to thrive on the prairie; the roles within the homesteading communities of 1887; the flora and fauna of the prairie and the adaptations that help them survive in this semi-arid environment.

When registering, please indicate which of the following program areas you would like to reserve: Prairie Ecology, Cheyenne Camp, Sod Homestead and/or Special Summer Wagon Tour (maximum of two topics):

  • Option 1: Sod Homestead / Cheyenne Camp Combo, maximum 90 kids per day
  • Option 2: Sod Homestead / Prairie Ecology Combo, maximum 90 kids per day
  • Option 3: Cheyenne Camp / Prairie Ecology Combo, maximum 90 kids per day
  • Option 4: Prairie Ecology, maximum 60 kids per day
  • Option 5: Cheyenne Camp, maximum 60 kids per day
  • Option 6: Sod Homestead, maximum 60 kids per day
  • Option 7: Special Summer two hour Wagon Tour (weather permitting), plus free time for lunch and games, maximum 60 kids per day

Cost: $10 per SCFD student / $12 outside SCFD (One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $7 each)
When: This program is offered most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Time: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (including 30 minute brown bag lunch break)

 

Out of School at Your Location

Bring the Gardens to your site with our Out of School Programs, specially designed to meet the unique needs of after­school programs and day care groups. These programs provide fun and enriching activities that are sure to engage your students in the world of plants. Programs are limited to 30 participants of mixed ages.
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; programs are 1 hour long
Cost: Unless otherwise noted, programs cost $75 each plus a $15 mileage fee.

Strange and Unusual Plants

Discover the wacky ways plants like the Venus Fly Trap and others have adapted to survive. Plant your own strange and unusual plant. This program is 60 minutes.

Jungle Journey

Experience the sights and sounds of rainforest plants and animals while you explore this unique ecosystem. Grow your own tropical treasure. This program is 60 minutes.

Sensational Plants

Smell, touch, taste and even hear the sensational world of plants. This program is 60 minutes.

Planting Project

Provide an opportunity for your students to get dirt under the fingernails while planting their very own plant to care for. Each small group of 20­-30 students will spend approximately 15 minutes each exploring a diverse selection of plants with their five senses and potting a plant to take home.
Cost: $1 per student, $100 minimum