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Farm Camp at Chatfield: Life on the Farm

Care for farm animals and learn what it takes to make vegetables grow on a modern farm. Prepare snacks each day and learn how every ingredient is connected to the farm. You will immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey. This camp takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.


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.


Gardening with Native Plants


This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, located at C-470 and Wadsworth.


Learn how to use native plants in home landscapes in this unique, three-session class. A combination of indoor presentations and outdoor learning in the native plant garden at Chatfield is featured. Get ideas for summer-long color and texture and watch as the palette of plants change over the months from Penstemons to grasses and Asters.


$98, $88 members for three sessions on June 17, July 15, and August 19.


Instructors: Irene Shonle & Larry Vickerman


About our instructors:

Irene Shonle is the Colorado State University Extension Director for Gilpin County. She has been teaching about native plants and mountain gardening for over 13 years, written fact sheets and other curricula on native plants. She is the current Vice President of the Colorado Native Plant Society.

Larry Vickerman is the Director of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and a recognized expert in native plants.




Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *


DBG Chatfield has a dye garden full of a variety of plants that give color to natural fibers. Spend the day learning about dye plants, how to use them for color and the proper procedures for natural dyeing. Each participant will spend time harvesting dye material from the garden and then learn to cook for color. Everyone will go home with fabric samples naturally dyed from the garden!


$67, $62 members

Instructor: Donna Brown


Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else is needed to make you comfortable being outside. If you have these items, please bring garden gloves and shears and rubber gloves for dyeing. Please wear clothing appropriate for a hands-on gardening and dyeing class.


About our instructor:

Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is a natural dye sales representative and ongoing natural dye instructor for Table Rock Llamas and Fiber Arts Studio, in Black Forest Colorado. She is also the natural dye instructor for Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, CO and custom production natural dyer for Treenway Silks in Colorado. She also teaches in venues and craft schools across the US. Donna is an active DBG volunteer working in the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden at DBG Chatfield. Here is a link to more information about the dye garden: http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/


Healthy Back to School Cooking at Chatfield



It’s back-to-school time again and both you and your family need healthy, fresh lunches and snacks that are simple, quick and easy to prepare. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun two-hour class where we’ll make (and taste) lots of easy back-to-school ideas perfect for everyone in your household. You’ll leave with lots of great ideas to keep you fueled throughout the year!


$35 members, $38 non-members

Participants age 10-16 years old can join for free!

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham


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