During a guided exploration at York Street, guides lead small groups of students in hands­-on classroom activities and garden explorations to learn more about the program's topic. Teachers may choose from the programs below.


Here is the application to request a guided exploration with Denver Botanic Gardens. The School Group Art Tour is available during the summer months. For all other guided explorations, scheduling begins on Aug. 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Once your reservation is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to read all confirmation material to best prepare for your field trip.


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.

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.

Guided Explorations

From Fossils to Flowers Tour (Grades 6-12)

Observe the different groups of plants (algae, mosses, ferns, conifers, flowering plants) that have evolved over time and learn what key characteristics make each group distinct in this tour of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory.
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. on select Mondays through Thursdays throughout the school year
Class Size: Maximum 30 students

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. 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 select Mondays and Thursdays throughout the school year
Class size: Maximum 30 students

Name that Tree Tour (Grades 3-6)

Broaden your student's knowledge of trees while encouraging beginning plant identification skills. Students will complete a guided exploration of common Colorado trees to learn fun facts and identifying features of each tree.
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m., select Mondays through Thursdays throughout the school year
Class Size: Maximum 30 students

Ecosystems of Colorado (Grades 2-6)

Explore our ecosystem gardens to discover what plants and animals are characteristic of Colorado's diverse ecosystems. Students will make observations about each ecosystem and its inhabitants, while also exploring simple ecological concepts. (Outdoors, except during inclement weather)
When: 10-11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, September-October and April-May 
Class Size: Maximum 60 students

Journey to the Rainforest (Grades 1-5)

Take a break from the cold and visit our living and growing indoor rainforest. Through a guided exploration of the rainforest and hands-on activities, students will learn about various rainforest plants, their adaptations, how rainforest plants are used in their daily lives and ways that the rainforest is different from Colorado.  (Indoors)
When: 10-11:45 a.m. and noon-1:45 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, November-March
Class Size: Maximum 60 students

Sprouts (Grades 1-2)

Sprouts introduces students to the wonders of plants and gardening. Children spend 60 minutes with a guide exploring a wide diversity of plants with their five senses and having the opportunity to plant a seed. (Outdoors, except during inclement weather)
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. or 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, September–October and April–May 
Class Size: Maximum 30 students

Garden Sense-ations (Grades PreK-K)

Garden Sense-ations provides a unique opportunity for young learners to engage their senses as they discover a diversity of plants. Little ones will touch, smell, hear, taste and see their way through the Gardens. In addition to exploring with their five senses, all participants will plant something to take home. This program is offered indoors during winter months.
When:  9:30-10:30 a.m., 10:45-11:45 a.m. or 12-1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year
Class Size: Maximum 30 students

Mordecai Children’s Garden

Please note that the 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. The Children's Garden is open spring through early fall.