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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.

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: $15.50 non-member adult, $12.50 member adult, $8 child (ages 3-15) includes admission to the Gardens

 

 

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 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.

 

Instructor: 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.

Price: $47, $42 members, per family (max of 5 per family), includes $15 for a professional carving kit, design and one pumpkin per family

Family Workshop: Chocolate Treats

Explore the chocolate tree and its celebrated history. Follow the journey of a cacao bean and discover how chocolate is made. Join us and create a box of delicious chocolate treats to take home.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Gingerbread

Discover the plants that make gingerbread a warm, delicious treat and learn how to build with gingerbread. Each family can make and decorate a gingerbread creation to take home with them.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Traditions of Dia de los Muertos - Sugar Skulls

Join us as we explore the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. Learn how to make and decorate sugar skulls as you discover the cultural significance of these important icons. Each person can make and take home two sugar skulls.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Winter Fairies

Join us as we create miniature lands for mystical garden friends. Discover what plants fairies prefer as you design, plant and landscape a tiny oasis for a fairy. Each child can create a container garden to take home.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Girl Scout Exploration Day - Gardener

Juniors discover the basics of garden design as they learn how to plan for a successful garden! Each scout will design a miniature indoor garden oasis to plant and take home with them.

Scout Exploration Days offer scout troops the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each exploration day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore at their own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

• $12 per scout (includes admission to the Gardens)

• One adult chaperone (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non participating siblings pay $7.

Denver Botanic Gardens does not supply activity badges or patches.

Scout Exploration Day - A Day on the Prairie

Join us at the Plains Conservations Center for this unique one of a kind experience. Step back in time and discover what it was like in the 1800s for the Cheyenne Indians and newly settled homesteaders as you experience life on the plains. Learn to build a tipi, discover the importance of bison and explore what it was like to complete daily chores without electricity.

This program is appropriate for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and takes program takes place at the Plains Conservation Center 21901 E. Hampden Ave. Aurora, CO 80013.

• $12 per scout

• One adult chaperone (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non participating siblings pay $7.

Denver Botanic Gardens does not supply activity badges or patches.

Seedlings: Acorns to Oaks

Discover the mighty acorn and meet its beautiful tree.

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

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Apples and Cinnamon

Discover an apple's favorite spices as we make some fun treats from the fabulous spices in our lives.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Berry Bonanza

Discover how berries have a tasty way of putting color into the world.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Monday, August 29, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 31, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Chocolate Treats

Do chocolate bars grow on trees? We'll find out as we taste chocolate and make a special chocolate treat.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, December 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Seedlings: Curious Corn

Take an up close look at an ear of corn and discover its many unusual uses.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Fall 2016 Series Package

Register for all 15 classes offered September thru December, and receive a $30 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 15 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: Flowers for the Fall

Discover how to add some hearty colors to your fall festivities with pansies and chrysanthemums.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Hibernation

Help Mordecai Children’s Garden get ready for winter as you discover what plants and animals do when it gets cold.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, November 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Glorious Grasses

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 29, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Jumping Gingerbread

Discover the tasty plant that makes gingerbread a special treat.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, December 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Leaf Art

Investigate the diversity of the shape, color and size of leaves through art.

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

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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