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Seedlings: 2020 Summer Series Package

Register for all 17 classes offered May through 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 partial registrations.

 

Seedlings: A Rainbow of Wildflowers

Celebrate National Wildflower Week exploring the beautiful colors of the wildflowers growing in the Gardens.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, May 7, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Dig It!

Discover how the critters that have homes in our gardens help them stay healthy.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 4, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 6, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Edible Flowers

Some flowers are beautiful, some are useful, and some taste great! Come explore which flowers you can eat and even try a few for yourself.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, May 13, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, May 14, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Fun in the Sun

Put on your sunglasses as we investigate the power of the sun!

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 28, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

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

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, July 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m..

Seedlings: Garden Games

Mordecai Children’s Garden is a perfect place to be active and have fun! Join us for some summertime fun in the Garden.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 20, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Gnome Homes

Explore the mystical world of gnomes and search the grounds of Mordecai Children’s Garden for secret gnome homes!

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

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 13, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Homemade Lemonade

Meet the lemon and explore citrus trees as you learn how to make their tart fruit into a sweet refreshing treat.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 7, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 9, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

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

Seedlings: Life in the Pond

Peek into the depths of Pipsqueak Pond to discover the many animals that call the pond home.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 22, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 23, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

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

Seedlings: Melon Madness

What makes a perfect treat on a hot summer’s day? Watermelon of course! Come with us as we explore watermelon and its related fruit family.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 2, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, July 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Musical Garden

Join us as we explore the sounds of nature and the music of plants!

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

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

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

Seedlings: Nature's Art

Roll up your sleeves for some garden art fun! We’ll explore the many ways plants inspire art.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 29, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: On the Vine

Melons, grapes and beans are a few of the tastes we can find on the vine.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 18, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, June 19, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pick a Salad

Explore the Gardens with your taste buds and discover how salad is more than lettuce.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, May 20, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m..

Seedlings: Piece by Piece

Can you build a plant? Learn what pieces a plant needs to grow in the Colorado climate.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 4, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, June 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pollination Exploration

Join us as we celebrate National Pollinators Week. Learn about the critters that help our gardens grow and create a pollinator friendly project to bring home with you.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, June 24, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 25, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, June 26, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Teddy Bear Picnic

Bring your favorite stuffed animal to a very special picnic! We have some spring fun and meet lots of soft, furry plants.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 25, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 27, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Wonderful Water Gardens

How are plants that grow in water different from those that grow on land? Let’s explore the similarities and differences together!

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 14, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 15, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 16, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, July 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this new program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out around the grounds of Chatfield Farms and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Along the trail we stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day's book.

 

Audience: Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Price: $10, $8 member; includes free admission for one adult. Ticket includes admission to Chatfield Farms so you can further explore after the event.

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