Plains Conservation Center

Plains Conservation Center

This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens in cooperation with the City of Aurora.


Sunday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Monday: 6:30 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday: 6:30 am-4:30 pm
Wednesday: 6:30 am-4:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 am-4:30 pm
Friday: 6:30 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
View upcoming early closures

Today’s Hours:

Sunday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Plains Conservation Center Location
21901 E. Hampden Avenue
Aurora, CO 80013 Map

The Gardens manages programming at Plains Conservation Center (PCC) in Aurora. 

  • It's free to come in, hike the trails, explore the visitor center and check out the tipis and homestead village.
  • There is a fee to attend any guided programs.
  • PCC is designated as a birding hotspot on the Cornell University's worldwide eBird citizen science website.

Visitor Center Hours 
Wednesday-Friday, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday – Closed
(hours subject to change)


Homeschool & Scout Programs

School Programs

Group Tours

Public Programs

Children's Birthday Parties


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