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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 Pawnee Buttes 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.

 

2018 SMA-Tour: So Much Art and Heritage

  

Join us for a trip exploring art and heritage. You will travel to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico and partake in cultural experiences while exploring and enhancing your Botanical Illustration skills. A non-refundable deposit, $360.00, is required to secure your spot. For more detailed information and payment, please contact Mervi at 720-865-3653. See more details of the trip below.

 

When: 12/01/18--12/10/18

 

Workshops:

Succulent! Capturing Cacti in Pencil and Gouache

Take your pencil skills to the next level. During a private tour through the garden learn about the botanical attributes that make succulents unique in the plant world. Observe and sketch cacti and succulents using a variety of techniques to record size, form, color, and details. Back on your drafting table, hone your skills with demonstration that targets techniques to portray needles, spines and ridges, as well as the smooth flesh of succulents. If you are working with gouache, achieve the range of greens and undertones often seen in these plants. Experiment with new techniques and materials and learn from demonstrations and individual guidance as you create a finished botanical work.

El Charco del Ingenio and Posada Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico

December 3-5, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Drawing on Tradition: Frida Kahlo's Botanicals

The femininity, grace and strength of Frida Kahlo resonates in her self-portraits. Whether it's the saturated colors or her pre-Columbian jewelry, outrageous pets, and glorious tropical and fruit, she is an artist whose work will endure.

Using mixed media to emulate her iconic style, we will surround portraits of ourselves (or a loved one!) with the flora of Mexico using paint and embroidery. We will use a photo transfer method for the portrait component - no drawing or painting required.

El Charco del Ingenio and Posada Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico

December 7-9, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

In addition to these classes the trip will include:

- Welcome dinner at Posada Corazon, Dec 1st, 6 p.m.

- Tour of The Sanctuary of Atotonilco (UNESCO World heritage site) Dec. 2

- Tour of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden with a specialist (Monday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 7)

- Sketching and Documenting in El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden, Dec. 3, afternoon

- Informal field sketching of birds (both domestic and wild)

- A full day tour of Cañada de la Virgen archeological site. We'll explore the colossal temple and archaic ruins that date back to 1050 AD and gain insight into the culture of the Otomi people. Dec. 5.

- Specialist presentation and tour of the historic center and churches of San Miguel de Allende

- Textile tradition and weaving in SMA, Museum and Instituto Allende

- Tour at the historic La Casa Dragones, a historic house and the original 17th century stables of the legendary Dragones cavalry of San Miguel de Allende (includes Tequila tasting with hors d'oeuvres), Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

 

Fee $1800

- includes shuttle to and from the airport, lodging for 9 nights with luxurious full organic breakfast (double occupancy), Internet, all the program and classes listed above and more).

The fee does NOT include travel insurance, international airfare, meals not listed in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, and communication charges, medical or evacuation fees including but not limited to emergency transportation, additional lodging, additional transportation, extra guide/porter services, medical treatment, etc., and tipping or gratuities.

 

Payment

A non re-fundable deposit $360/person is required for this trip and guarantees your spot. The remaining balance will be split in two payments: $720 due by June 5, 2018 and $720 due by October 9, 2018.

For more detailed information and payment, please contact Mervi at 720-865-3653

 

 

 

 

 

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: Fox Run Park

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.)

Fox Run Park:

When: Tue, May 22, 9am-5pm

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens/ Fox Run Park (El Paso County- public land)

Cost: $75 Member- $100 Non-Member (transportation included)

This trip will begin with a one hour informational session at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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

 

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 - 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.

In addition to our guides, the trip is led by naturalist Karen Caddis who has over 25 years of experience in wetland ecology.  

 

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 - Early Spring Mushroom Walk

 

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.

 

Early Spring Mushroom Walk

Head towards a secret location with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in nature. 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 – and hopefully some fungi for tasting!

 

Price: $40, $35 members

 

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

 

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 - 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.

 

 

 

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