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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.

 

2018 Horticulture Garden Tour: Plains to Plains

Hike of Soapstone Prairie and Tour of High Plains Environmental Center with Panayoti Kelaidis and Jim Tolstrup

 

Price: $55, $49 member, includes lunch and transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Director of Horticulture Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis and High Plains Environmental Center Director Jim Tolstrup on a tour of preserved and restored prairie environments in Northern Colorado. Visit Soapstone Prairie, a Fort Collins natural area, featuring a pure herd of buffalo, 28 square miles of native grasses and wildflowers and one of the oldest archeological sites in North America.

At High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), the group explores a native plant nursery and demonstration gardens featuring plants indigenous to Colorado, restored wetlands and grasslands with some remarkable wildflowers, all within an urban development. Plants are available for purchase from HPEC’s native plant nursery.

The last stop is tour of the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Centerra where stone sculptures created by the Shona People of Zimbabwe are surrounded by the largest plant select demonstration garden in Northern Colorado.

 

Cherokee Fall Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch: Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

 

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Late Spring Nature Hike - at Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

Spring comes gently on the Ranch: pasque flowers and Easter daisies greet us as well as penstemons and numerous members of the pea family. What a great way to launch the new season than to amble through the Gambel Oaks seeking out early flowers and experiencing Spring Migration of several species of birds. The always spectacular Western Tanager is stopping off on its way from wintering in Mexico to its nesting area higher in the Colorado Mtns. You might see a Swainsons Hawk which has wintered in Argentina YES, ARGENTINA and makes the trip every spring to nest in this area.

Tour Guides: Mike Kintgen and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

Cherokee Late Summer Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch: Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Summer Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

At the beginning of Summer the grasses have greened up, although there may still be snow on the higher peaks, when we walk through meadows full of the bounty of early summer this is the peak season for many of the loveliest wildflowers; including One-sided Penstemon (Penstemon virgatus), lupines and Monument plant. It is also peak season for the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that have made their way back from Mexico and Central America to nest at Cherokee. We will learn how to identify the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird just by hearing it fly as it darts between scarlet gilia trumpets. Two species of bluebirds and swallows will be active at this time as well as the tiny (4 ½ in) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that has returned from its winter grounds as far away as Central America to nest at Cherokee. Summer is prime time for viewing the plant and bird life at Cherokee, folks!

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike

 

 

Culturally Modified Trees Tours: Jefferson & Douglas Counties

  

In order to better understand how the indigenous people of Colorado, including the Ute, used native plants and Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) in their daily lives, the Denver Botanic Gardens will offer its patrons and staff a series of field trips on public, private and reservations lands across Colorado. Our guides will be Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson. Fee includes transportation and lodging. (Please meet in the main lobby promptly at your tour start time, 9 a.m. Bring your sketch/note book, camera and for the one-day tours, please take a lunch with you. Dress appropriately for the weather.)

Jefferson & Douglas Counties:

When: Tue, June 19, 9am-5pm

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens/ Jefferson & Douglas Counties (private land)

Cost: $75 Member- $100 Non-Member (fee includes transportation)

Instructor/Guide: Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr.John Anderson

 

Culturally Modified Trees Tours: Ute Indian Reservation- including Anasazi Heritage Center

In order to better understand how the indigenous people of Colorado, including the Ute, used native plants and Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) in their daily lives, the Denver Botanic Gardens will offer its patrons and staff a series of field trips on public, private and reservations lands across Colorado. Our guides will be Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson. Fee includes transportation and lodging. (Please meet in the main lobby promptly at your tour start time, 9 a.m. Bring your sketch/note book, camera and for the one-day tours, please take a lunch with you. Dress appropriately for the weather.)

 

Ute Indian Reservation- including Anasazi Heritage Center:

When: Thu-Sat, July 26-28

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens/ Ute Indian Reservation- including Anasazi Heritage Center/ Four Corners area

Lodging: Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Cost: $300 Member- $350 Non-Member (fee includes transportation and lodging)

Instructor/Guide: Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson

 

Relational Rewilding Hike: Bird Language and the Quiet Mind

 

Relational Rewilding hikes teach how to move with more grace, confidence, knowledge, and reverence in nature. On this hike we will focus on learning the language of the birds, and how to experience more wildlife. Birds and animals share a common language. Their calls and alarms help them stay safe from danger. We can learn to understand this language. In fact, we are hard-wired to learn this, as countless generations of ancestors around the world have depended on this ancient skill to survive. These practices and understandings, largely forgotten by modern peoples, can enrich your life in practical and surprising ways.

In an era marked by increasing disconnection from nature, self, and others, the practice of learning Bird Language will give you some tools to be more successful in your relationships, your community, and in life in general by enhancing ability to experience more awareness, empathy, and sensitivity to surroundings. Integration of such knowledge will benefit you and the children, adults, and wildlife with which you share your life.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

 

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Master³ degree in Counseling and a Bachelor³ degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Special Instructions: Hike will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

Location: All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

Relational Rewilding Hike: Survival and Edible Plants

 

Relational Rewilding hikes teach how to move with more grace, confidence, knowledge, and reverence in nature. On this hike we will focus on Survival and Edible Plants. Enjoy an interactive and fact-filled walk where you will learn basic plant identification, where and when to look, foraging styles, and responsible gathering principles. This knowledge is useful in the backcountry, sharpens awareness and senses, and fosters a deeper connection to your local ecology.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

 

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Master³ degree in Counseling and a Bachelor³ degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Special Instructions: Hike will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

Location: All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

Relational Rewilding Hike: The Art of Animal Tracking

 

Relational Rewilding hikes teach how to move with more grace, confidence, knowledge, and reverence in nature. On this hike we will focus on learning the Art of Tracking. Except for a chattering squirrel or fleeing mule deer, you may rarely see mammals in the wild. That’s because many are only active at night and quickly take cover when people come near. But you can often find evidence that animals have been around by looking at tracks and sign they leave behind. By exploring the who, what, when, where, and why of tracking, you become more attuned to which animals passed by, what they did, where they went, and much more. Seemingly barren ground becomes alive with a diversity of fascinating information.

Everyone is a tracker. And everyone leaves a track. Come awaken your senses and intuition, while building strong connections to your animal neighbors, local ecology, and yourself.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

 

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Master³ degree in Counseling and a Bachelor³ degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Special Instructions: Hike will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

Location: All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

 

Relational Rewilding Hike: Wild Awareness and Belonging

 

Relational Rewilding hikes teach how to move with more grace, confidence, knowledge, and reverence in nature. On this hike we will explore nature connection routines that can be integrated into daily practice or taught to other children or adults in your life. Guided sensory practices, nature connection activities, games, and explorations in perception serve to quiet the mind, reduce stress, and inspire a greater sense of belonging and knowledge of place. By understanding our relationships with the animals, plants, weather, and various aspects of the natural environment around us, we can actually repattern our brain and nervous system to relax and to activate attributes of connection such as empathy, deep listening, vitality and gratitude. Find out how to integrate these practices into your life to become more deeply nature-connected and healthier in body, mind and spirit.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

 

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Master³ degree in Counseling and a Bachelor³ degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Special Instructions: Hike will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

Location: All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

Third Thursday Tree Walks

Come join DBG staff and Alan Rollinger, expert in the trees of Denver, for a monthly tour of some of the most significant and interesting trees in our city. Many different tree species have been planted in the city since its establishment in the 1800s, providing us with an impressive urban forest and tree canopy. Implications for the future of our urban trees will be discussed. 2018 tours will focus on campuses, cemeteries, and parks; future years will look at neighborhoods.

Tours will last from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and will be approximately a mile in length. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. An optional bring-your-own picnic will be held at the end of each tour.

Instructor: Alan Rollinger

Price: $40, 35 member

 

Tree Walk Series Dates and Locations

April 19, 2018 - Regis Univeristy campus

May 17, 2018 - Fairmount Cemetery

June 21, 2018 - University of Denver campus

July 19, 2018 - Washington Park

August 16, 2108 - Crown Hill Cemetery

September 20, 2018 - Johnson and Wales University campus

October 18, 2018 - Cheesman Park

Trip - Garden City of the San Juans – Photographing In and Around Victoria, BC

with Denver Botanic Gardens Official Photographer

Scott Dressel-Martin

 

Victoria, British Columbia is known as the Garden City of the San Juan Islands. Join Denver Botanic Gardens Official Photographer Scott Dressel-Martin on a weekend long photographic field excursion to capture the beauty and vibrancy of this historic waterfront city. Photograph, eat and explore the city, the world renowned Butchart Gardens and the surrounding area.

 

The adventure begins with an overview and photography goal session at the Gardens one month prior to departure. Dressel-Martin presents the trips itinerary, the photographic goals of each activity and the trip logistics. Participants can share their expectations, objectives and goals to best shape the experience.

 

The workshop is for adventurous photographers looking to open up new visual possibilities. All levels of skill and equipment proficiency are welcome.

 

Price:

Member: Single occupancy: $1,335
Double occupancy: $1,030

Non Member: Single occupancy: $1,468
Double occupancy: $1,133

$450 deposit due at time of registration. The balance of the trip fee will be due thirty days prior to the trip departure and will not be refundable after that date.

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Trip Leaders: Scott Dressel-Martin and one member of the Gardens staff

 

The trip price includes:

A pre-trip class session at the Gardens

Lodging in Victoria

Breakfast (when taken at hotel)

Dinner on the first night

Entrance fees to Butchart Gardens and other venues that are part of the itinerary

Transportation around and outside the city

 

What’s NOT included:

Flight to Victoria and transfers to the hotel - The YYJ Airport Shuttle costs $22 per person

Incidental room charges

Lunches and dinners not noted on the schedule

 

Tentative Itinerary:

Host Hotel: Parkside Hotel and Spa

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

4 p.m.: Meet in the hotel for an afternoon icebreaker before heading out on a sunset walking tour to photograph the city. Bring atripod if, desired

 

Friday, September 21, 2018

6 a.m.: Optional sunrise photo shoot walking distance from the hotel

7:30 a.m.: Breakfast in the hotel

9 a.m.: Photoshoot TBD

1 p.m.: Depart for Butchart Gardens (30 minute drive)

Spend the entire afternoon and evening at Butchart Gardens,until sunset.Bring water, comfortable shoes and a jacket for inclement weather –

This world-renowned garden occupies 55 acres with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment & an outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Destination Canada Signature Experiences Collection.

 

Saturday, September22, 2018

6 a.m.: Optional sunrise photo shootwalking distance from the hotel

8 a.m: Breakfast in the hotel

Photo shoots likely include waterside sunset.

 

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

8 a.m.: Breakfast in the hotel

May do a final photo shoot. Opportunity to review a few of your photos with Scott.

Noon: trip concludes

 

Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted 31-mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. Learn, explore and create while canoeing, camping and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River. Learn how human, plant and animal life have adapted to this unique river and desert environment. Explore the river's vegetation, including some rare plant populations found only in this region. There will be time for  arts and crafts using plants as inspiration. Learn how local native cultures used plants and taste some edible plants. Join us for an ecological exploration on one of the West's most beautiful classrooms, the Gunnison River.

Paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons can leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles.

 

Price: $450, $420 member

Instructor: Centennial Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be TBD.

Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip.

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge on September 8th at 6:30 a.m. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Registration deadline is August 24.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides, all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO for $74. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.

 

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Medicinal Plants

 

Take a mid-week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Medicinal Plants

Join DBG's horticulturist Blake Burger to wander one of his favorite locations to search for medicinal plants. Learn how to identify these plants, what their healing properties are, and how to use them.

 

Price: $40, $35

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

 

Special Instructions: Hike will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

Location: Class location is TBD based on best scouting options closer to date of hike.

Further directions and instructions will be sent the week before class.

 

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Mountain Bird Hike

Take a mid-week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Mountain Bird Hike

 

Join expert birder, Lynn Willcockson, for an easy hike to explore the mountains and look for birds such as Clark's Nutcracker, Red Crossbill, Rufous Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler and many more.  On this hike participants will hike in four of the Colorado Life Zones starting near Bergen Park (Foothills Zone) and  will then move up to Summit Lake (Alpine Zone).  Each Life Zone has birds unique to that Zone.

 

Instructor: Lynn Willcockson is a member of Denver Field Ornithologists and has led birding hikes for several years.

 

Price: $40, $35 members

 

Special Instructions: Bring your own binoculars, water and sunscreen. Please do not wear bright colors - no white, yellow, orange, or red. A jacket is suggested for the higher elevation portion of the bird hike. Bring your own sack lunch for the hike - participants will have a picnic. Directions will be emailed prior to the trip.

 

Location: - Meet at Fillius Park at 8:30 AM, directions will be emailed to registered participants the week before the hike.

 

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

 

Image: allaboutbirds.com

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Wild Mushroom Basics

 

Take a mid week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Wild Mushroom Basics

Head into the Rockies with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms.

 

Instructor: Michael Heim, visit http://www.ensofarmandforage.com/ for full bio and contact information.

 

Price: $40, $35 members

 

Special instructions: Please note, Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks, lunch, and an awareness that it may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange carpooling and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

- The class will be emailed should weather be an issue or be cause for cancellation  all students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.

 

Location: The hike location and meeting spot will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week before class.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

 

 

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Wildflowers of the Montane and Subalpine Life Zones

 

Take a mid-week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Lake Isabelle Summer Wildflower Hike

Lake Isabelle is located in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area in Boulder County and is accessed by the Long Lake Trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. The trail to the lake meanders through an upper montane spruce-fir forest, skirts Long Lake, and crosses a stream several times before reaching Lake Isabelle, which lies at timberline. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy in a spectacular alpine valley framed by Navajo (13,409'), Apache (13,441'), and Shoshoni (12,967') peaks. This 4.2 mile round-trip hike is the perfect place to enjoy incredible views and wildflowers at peak season. A list of the scientific and common names of wildflowers seen on this hike will be provided and hopefully we will add more!

 

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Instructor: Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She has a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in Botany and Ecology. She recently completed the Native Plant Master® program through Jefferson County Extension. In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado’s diverse plants and their habitats and blogging about nature-themed adventures.

 

Special instructions: All participants should come prepared for high altitude hiking: hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing (including rain gear). Camera and wildflower guides welcome! Bring your own sack lunch and plenty of water. As of 2017, parking at the trailhead is $11, so please bring cash.

 

Location: Class will meet at carpool location promptly at 8 a.m.: Lucky’s Market Boulder, 3960 Broadway #104. We will leave no later than 8:30 a.m., so please be on time. Street parking is free.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

 

For more information about the hike and directions to the trailhead:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5372420.pdf

 

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens: Wildflowers of the Foothills

 

Take a mid-week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Deer Creek Canyon Wildflower Hike

Spend the morning with a guide searching for wildflowers in Deer Creek Canyon. A JeffCo Open Space park, Deer Creek Canyon boasts diverse plant communities including Gambel oak groves, ponderosa pine forests, Douglas-fir forests, grasslands, and riparian, making it one of the choicest locations to see wildflowers in late spring. Indeed, the park showcases some of the most spectacular wildflowers of the foothills including larkspur, Yucca, locoweed, several species of Penstemon and Astragalus. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered on the hike. The hike itself is approximately 2.5 miles and is rated as easy to moderate.

 

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Instructor: Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She has a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in Botany and Ecology. She recently completed the Native Plant Master® program through Jefferson County Extension. In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado’s diverse plants and their habitats and blogging about nature-themed adventures.

 

Special instructions: All participants should come prepared for a variety of weather. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing (including rain gear). Camera and wildflower guides welcome! Bring your own sack lunch and plenty of water.

 

Location: Meet in the Deer Creek Canyon parking lot at 9 a.m. Address for Deer Creek Canyon Trailhead: 13388 Grizzly Drive, Littleton, CO 80127

 

For more information:

https://www.jeffco.us/1208/Deer-Creek-Canyon-Park

 

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