Chatfield Farms features a natural environment of 700 acres. Come explore the plants, animals and history of this unique site located near the intersection of C­-470 and Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton. Whether exploring the wetlands, riparian area or historical farm, students are sure to walk away with a newfound appreciation for life and the natural world that surrounds them.

Reservations
Here is the application to request a school program at Chatfield Farms. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance for Pumpkin Patch programs (on a space available basis). Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.

Please make sure to read our general information before your field trip.

Pre-Payment required

  • Payment is accepted via check or credit card and is due in full one week prior to the date of program. No refund for scheduled children who do not attend the program. Cancellations up to one week before the program date are fully refunded and free of charge. Cancellations made less than a week before the program date are considered a donation to our school programs.
  • When paying by check please make the check out to Denver Botanic Gardens and mail 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 sell out.

Guided Programs

October Pumpkin Discovery (PreK-2)

Join us for a unique week of pumpkin-related fun on the farm! Explore the pumpkin patch and mini-maze, pick a mini pumpkin to take home and learn about the life cycle of plants. Visit activity stations throughout Chatfield Farms and participate in hands-on explorations that are both guided and self-guided. (Outdoors; rain, snow or shine)
When: October 1-4; stations are open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD
Class size: maximum 200 students

September Pumpkin Patch (Grades PreK-2)

Explore the pumpkin patch and mini-maze, complete a scavenger hunt, learn about how plants grow and pick a mini pumpkin to take home. After a guided program, students can complete a self-guided scavenger hunt and visit the farm area. (Outdoors; rain, snow or shine)
When: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m., offered Monday-Thursday in September
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD
Class Size:  Maximum 90 students per day (3 sessions)

School Group Farm Tour (Grades K-12)

Explore Chatfield Farms with an interactive site tour. Visit Deer Creek and the farm animals, see where food is grown and take a tour through the historical Hildebrand Ranch house and summer kitchen. After the guided tour, students can complete a self-guided scavenger hunt and bird walk. (Outdoors, except during inclement weather)
When: One hour tour offered at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday in August-November and March-May
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD
Class Size: Maximum 90 students per day (3 sessions)

The Ecosystems of Chatfield (Grades 2-5)

Discover Chatfield Farm’s diverse ecosystems while learning about habitats, animal adaptations and connections between the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. During this program, students will visit interactive stations while learning about wetlands, the riparian ecosystem and the farm. After the guided portion, students can complete a self­-guided scavenger hunt and visit the farm area. (Outdoors, except during inclement weather)
When: Monday-Thursday, August-November and March-May at 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD
Class Size: Maximum 120 students

Ecology of Chatfield Farms (Grades 6-12)

Students will engage in field science as they explore riparian, wetland and grassland ecosystems at Chatfield Farms. During the program, students will learn about ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity while visiting interactive stations. After the guided stations, students can complete a self-guided bird walk and scavenger hunt. (Outdoors except during inclement weather)
When: Monday-Thursday, August-November and March-May; stations open from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost: $5 per student for schools within the SCFD, $7 per student for schools outside of SCFD
Class Size: Maximum 120 students

Self-Guided Explorations

Self-Guided Visit

Groups are welcome to visit Chatfield Farms, when space allows. Whether you have your own curriculum or you just want your class to enjoy the beauty of the natural world, a self­-guided visit may be the perfect way for your class to explore Chatfield Farms.
Cost: $3.50 per student for schools within SCFD, $5.50 per student for schools outside of SCFD. Advance reservations are required for all self-guided visits.

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