Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location will open with capped numbers and timed tickets on Friday, May 22. Here are details on what to expect upon your return. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms’ re-opening is yet to be determined.
In line with Denver Botanic Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, The Clinton Family Fund Go2Gardens Free Shuttle Program is committed to engaging audiences in meaningful and sustained ways, while introducing arts and culture through programs both onsite and in surrounding communities.
Through a grant from The Clinton Family Fund, the program provides free admission and transportation between various cultural organizations, community centers and residential facilities to Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms and Plains Conservation Center.
Shuttle applications will open for the season in late April. If you would like to learn more about the program, see the FAQ on this page or contact Surbhi Kamboj, the program coordinator.
- Free transportation to and from your location
- Free admission for 15 to 54 people
- Activities such as:
- Planting activities
- Guided tours
- Corn Maze
- Blossoms of Light™
- Therapeutic horticulture
For school groups/children’s groups, contact our children’s education department.
Since November 2015, the following organizations have participated:
- Access Gallery (Denver county)
- Adams County Housing Authority (Adams county)
- African Community Center of Denver (Denver county)
- African Leadership Council (Denver county)
- Arbor View Apartments (Jefferson county)
- Asian Pacific Development Center (Adams county)
- Aurora Community Connection (Arapahoe county)
- Aurora Xeriscape Demonstration Garden(Arapahoe county)
- Aurora Youth Options (Arapahoe county)
- Autism Society of Colorado (Jefferson county)
- Bayaud Enterprises (Denver county)
- Brighton Village & Libretto Apartments (Adams county)
- Broncos Bunch Kids Club (Denver county)
- Denver Housing Authority- Mariposa (Denver county)
- Peak to Peak Charter School (Boulder county)
- Eagle View Adult Center (Adams county)
- East High School (Denver county)
- Environmental Learning for Kids (Denver county)
- Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (Denver county)
- Grupo Comunidad Unidad y Apoyo (Growing Home) (Adams county)
- Hope Communities (Denver county)
- Hunger Free Colorado (Denver county)
- La Alma Recreational Center (Denver county)
- Latino parents of Academia Ana Maria Sandoval Elementary (Denver county)
- Lighthouse Writers Workshop (Denver county)
- Mental Health Center of Denver, Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being (Denver county)
- Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver county)
- Museo de las Americas (Denver county)
- Northglenn Senior Center (Adams county)
- Project Worthmore (Adams county)
- Ricardo Flores Magon Academy (Denver county)
- RE:Vision (Denver county)
- STRIVE Prep- Ruby Hill (Denver county)
- The Gathering Place (Denver county)
- The GrowHaus (Denver county)
- Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple (Denver county)
- Uno Mano Una Esperanza
- Valdez Elementary (Denver county)
- Warren Village (Denver county)
- Westminster Open Space (Adams county)
- Youth on Record (Denver county)
Who is eligible for a shuttle?
All Denver metro area nonprofit and cultural organizations, community centers and residential care facilities can participate. This program is for groups composed of families (adults accompanied by children) and/or adults. All ages are welcome but children and youth under 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults.
How many shuttle visits can I sign up for?
To give organizations equal opportunities to shuttles, we request one visit per group per calendar year. Multiple visits may be scheduled, but will be at the discretion of the program coordinator and availability.
How does the shuttle program work?
- Apply for a shuttle. Shuttle applications will open for the season in late April. Visits must be requested at least three weeks in advance.
- Designate a trip leader to manage sign-ups for your organization. The trip leader must accompany guests on the shuttle and assist with unloading and loading.
- One week before your visit, provide an attendance count to Gardens’ staff.
- Enjoy your visit! A staff member will greet you upon arrival.
**Please note that submitting an application does not automatically guarantee participation. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.**
For school groups/children’s groups, please contact our Children’s Education Department.
What is the shuttle capacity?
Shuttles can accommodate up to 54 people per group.
What is the age group of participants?
All ages are welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults.
How long does a visit typically last?
A self-guided visit typically lasts 2-3 hours. This can vary if your group has scheduled activities. Total trip times are 4-5 hours to include shuttle transport to and from your location.
What is there to do?
Groups can enjoy self-guided tours throughout the grounds or make arrangements for activities. Program options vary by location.
Do you offer tours in languages other than English?
Tours are guided in English. However, interpretation is available upon request. Please make requests for interpretation at least one month in advance.
Do you offer any programs in Spanish?
All programs are taught in English. However, at York Street and Chatfield Farms, wayfinding signs, maps and guides and exhibit interpretation are bilingual (Spanish/English).
What if it rains during my activity?
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor activities may be canceled. The program coordinator will be in touch with rescheduling options, if and when they are available.
What if I need to bring additional staff members/caretakers?
Additional participants must arrive at the same time as the shuttle to be admitted for free. Additional transportation is not provided.
Are ADA buses available?
Yes, but please inquire in advance so we may accommodate your request.
Are the locations wheelchair accessible?
This varies by location. Most of York Street is wheelchair accessible except where indicated on this map of the Gardens. For information on accessibility at Chatfield Farms, call 720-865-3500. Plains Conservation Center is not wheelchair accessible.
When is The Clinton Family Fund Go2Gardens free shuttle program offered?
From May to December 2020.
What food options are available?
At York Street, food is available for purchase at Offshoots Café (open year round) or the Hive Garden Bistro (season-dependent). Visitors can also bring their own food/beverages, however we ask that outside food is not consumed at the restaurant tables. Chatfield Farms and Plains Conservation Center do not have food for purchase. Guests are permitted to bring their own food/beverage.
Is there an ATM at the Gardens?
None of the Gardens’ locations have an ATM.
Is Wi-Fi available?
Wi-Fi is free and only available at the York Street location.
Can we take pictures in the Gardens?
- Yes, amateur photography is encouraged, and you are welcome to share photos or videos on the Gardens’ Facebook page or on Instagram.
- Commercial photography requires advance reservations and is not permitted otherwise.
- Commercial videography is not allowed at the Gardens.