The Science Pyramid showcases the scientific foundation of Denver Botanic Gardens and invites you to see the world of plants through a scientific lens. The exhibition uses interactive technology – touchscreens, light, sound and video – to follow research and horticulture staff into the field across the state and throughout the steppe regions of the world. 

Steppe regions are semi-arid, cold-winter areas of the world in North America, Eurasia, South Africa and South America. In Colorado, these shortgrass prairies and sagebrush valleys are habitat for the rare species studied by the Gardens’ Research and Conservation Department. Abroad, the steppes are the focus of horticultural curators’ search for hardy, drought-resistant plant species.

You will often encounter staff and volunteers at the demonstration desk holding “Science Chats” on a variety of topics ranging from pollination to seed dispersal to women in science. These are drop-in experiences for all ages and occur almost daily.