Summer Programs

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.

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.

Self-Guided Visit at York Street

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 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 for every five students is admitted free of charge. Extra adults must pay $7 each, no exceptions. One chaperone per ten children is required.

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 Mordecai Children’s Garden. Visits are available on select Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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 Planting Project at York Street (Grades K-5)

Enhance your group’s visit with a planting project by providing an opportunity for your students to get dirt under their fingernails while potting their very own plant or seeds to care for. Join an instructor at your assigned time to learn about some of the plants you can see around the Gardens and how seeds grow into plants.
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., and 12:30-1:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer
Class size: Maximum 30 students
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD; $7 per student for schools outside the SCFD. One adult chaperone for every five students is admitted free, additional chaperones are $7 each (one chaperone per ten children is required).

 

Summer Self-Guided at Chatfield Farms (June-August) 

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, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $3.50 per student for schools within the SCFD, $5.50 per student for schools outside the 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 Butterflies at Chatfield Farms​: Butterflies at Chatfield Farms is a seasonal summer exhibit open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. School groups wishing to visit the butterfly house must have it added-on to their booking in order to secure their students’ access. Cost: Free add-on with self-guided entry fee. One adult per every ten students is required, chaperones are admitted free of charge.

 

At Plains Conservation Center

Life in the High Plains Field Trip (Grades K-5)
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, Sod Homestead and/or Cheyenne Camp (maximum of two topics):

  • Option 1: Sod Homestead / Cheyenne Camp Combo
  • Option 2: Sod Homestead / Prairie Ecology Combo
  • Option 3: Cheyenne Camp / Prairie Ecology Combo
  • Option 4: Prairie Ecology
  • Option 5: Cheyenne Camp
  • Option 6: Sod homestead
  • Option 7: Special summer two hour wagon tour (weather permitting), plus free time for lunch and games.
  • Maximum 60 students per day 

Cost: $10 per student within the SCFD; 12 per student for schools outside the SCFD. One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $7 each (one chaperone per ten children required).
When: This program is offered on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer
Time: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (including 30 minute brown bag lunch break)

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