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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Bat Encounter: Live!

See some of the rarest bats in the world, up-close and personal in this one-of-a-kind educational program.

In this family-friendly, live animal program, you'll come face-to-face with different bats from around the world. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy. You will also learn easy ways you can make your backyard a refuge for these important animals. 

Don't miss this fascinating show for all ages presented by Rob Mies, Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation at Michigan's Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Organization for Bat Conservation's live bat programs have won many awards and are a truly unique experience.

To view slides of some of the bats you might see and to learn more about bats, visit www.batconservation.org.

Price: $12 member, $15 non-member, $7 child (ages 3-12) includes admission to the Gardens

 

 

Deborah Butterfield Family Tours

Don’t miss this season’s signature exhibition, “Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses." Embark on a journey of art and nature with the whole family and explore the artwork of Deborah Butterfield. Geared toward children, these one hour guided explorations provide opportunities for families to experience art in an inspiring and active way. Recommended for children ages 4-12.

 

Price: $14 member, $26 non-member per adult/child combo. Additional adults or children can attend for $7 member, $13 non-member. Prices include admission to the Gardens.

 

Deborah Butterfield, Argus, 1996-97

Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank Trustees.

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Photograph (C) Denver Art Museum

 

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

Gather around the campfire as we celebrate the end of summer. Make s’mores, investigate signs of fall throughout the Children’s Garden and plant a house plant to take home with you. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.

 

Family Fun Nights are a unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecai Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers in Sagebrush Stage, activities in the garden, snacks and other fun night time activities. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner (no glass allowed) to enjoy in the Children’s Garden.

 

Price per night: $25, $20 member for family of four; $4, $3 member for each additional person. Children two and under free.

Family Fun Night: Full Moon Fun

Join us for an evening under the summer sky. Meet plants that have names inspired by objects in the sky, explore the phases of the moon and plant a moonflower seed to take home with you. Special guests Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty will join us for an environmental concert for kids.

 

Family Fun Nights are a unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecai Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers in Sagebrush Stage, activities in the garden, snacks and other fun night time activities. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner (no glass allowed) to enjoy in the Children’s Garden.

 

Price per night: $25, $20 member for family of four; $4, $3 member for each additional person. Children two and under free.

 

 

Free - Insects Illuminated

 

This program is free but registration is required, space is limited so please register early.

 

The world of insects never slows down, even at night. Join us at Chatfield to discover the exciting spectacle of nocturnal insects. We will be using ultra violet or “black” lights to attract all the night time fliers and crawlers. Bring your flashlights and your magnifying glass, as this event will offer an up close look at the beauty and diversity of life under a full moon.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Pizza Plants

You can put almost anything on a pizza! Discover this favorite Italian dish and design your own pie with various plant toppings from fruits to roots.

 

 

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Super Salsa

Learn about the importance of eating local and then whip up some tasty new salsa recipes.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Sweet Treats

Learn how to add fresh produce to some of our favorite baked goods to give them a nutritious boost.

 

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Pumpkin Carving for Dia De los Muertos

 

Create memories with your kids that will last a life-time - getting the whole family involved - honoring loved ones who have passed from this life!

 

Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each family through tips and techniques of pumpkin carving, including custom Dia De Los Muertos patterns. The heart of each family member will glow as they assist in every stage. The Grand Lighting Ceremony completes the event, when the amazing pumpkin carvings are lit up on an altar-type display. Bring your camera! In the end, it's all about having a good time, bonding families and building memories.

 

Each family will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.

 

Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.

 

Instructor Barry Brown

 

Pricing is per family, max of 5 family members:

Members $42, Non-Members $47, includes $15 for a professional carving kit, design and one pumpkin per family

Seedlings: Edible Herbs

Put your nose to work as we discover the herbs growing in the Gardens.

 

•  Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 19, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Seedlings: Mismatched Vegetable Patch

Meet some vegetables with unusual colors and see how they taste compared to the vegetables we are used to eating.

 

•  Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, August 11, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 12, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Seedlings: Summer2015 Series Package

Register for all 17 classes offered May thru August, and receive a $34 savings over the individual price.

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks, and stories for children and their caregivers.

You will need to choose a date and time for each of the 17 classes. Please keep in mind that classes are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Please select the session appropriate for your child's age.

No refunds or partial registrations.

 

Seedlings: The Plants in your Pizza

Join us as we take a closer look at the plants that help pizza taste yummy.

 

•  Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, August 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 5, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Seedlings: Tree-rific Trees

Get up close and personal with leaves, bark and branches as we thank trees for all that they give us.

 

•  Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, August 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

•  Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 26, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

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