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Homeschool Investigations: What's on Your Plate

We all know eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for us. But have you ever wondered why? Join us as we explore the benefits of eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables though hands on activities, games and explorations. Investigate nutrients, vitamins and colorful phytochemicals that make fruits and vegetables healthy food choices.

 

Homeschool Investigations offer families a hands-on guided opportunity to learn about the science and importance of plants. These hour-long programs are designed to engage both adults and children together through a variety of investigative garden explorations, games and activities.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 7-12

 

Program Fee: $8 per child, $6 per member child; $8 per adult, $6 per member adult

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party ages 3 and up.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

 

 

Improve Your Handwriting- ONLINE

Handwriting is becoming a lost art since email and text messaging are now our primary written communication methods. Researchers suggest that developing writing skills will aid in the visual identification of graphic shapes. This workshop will teach you how to develop and improve your handwriting skills using simple methods. With practice, you will be able to make neater writing a habit.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, Nov. 16, 23, 30, Dec.7, 14, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Individual

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Access to the Gardens' quarterly magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

 

 

Light on Form - ONLINE

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings.

Please note this is an Online course.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Tuesdays October 20, 27, November 03, 10, 17 6-9 p.m.

Wednesdays November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 1-4 p.m.

Friday-Sunday December 3, 4, 5, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall - ONLINE

Join us for the Fall 2020 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We will read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.

This fall we will be exploring the world alongside the people who brought us our rich cornucopia of food and digging deep into the symbiotic relationships between people and our edible plants. We’ll be asking the questions on how these foods were discovered, why they became staples, and what the future of our food looks like.

Each session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

September 16:  "The Food Explorer,"  by Daniel Stone

 

October 14:  "The Fruit Hunters,"  by Adam Leith Gollner

 

November 18:  "Lost Feast,"  by Lenore Newman

 

Each session has individual registration; please select all three date options with separate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

 

Price: $5 general public

 

Special Instructions: Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.

 

Nature Writing with Lighthouse - ONLINE

In these informal writing sessions, you’ll meet with Lighthouse instructor Mary Harpin once a month via Zoom. You’ll discuss a theme connected to writing in the outside world and talk about writing prompts. Be ready to grab your shoes and notebook. For part of the session, you’ll head outside to write, then return to share your work. A one-time pass to Denver Botanic Gardens is included with each month’s session. As part of this program, you're invited to visit the Gardens and write outdoors. Ditch the screen! See where writing among the flora and fauna takes you.

 

Mary Harpin

For more than 20 years, Lighthouse Writers Workshop has provided the Denver area community and beyond with creative support to writers and readers of all levels, ages, and backgrounds. Mary Harpin is the author of Shadowrise, a poetry collection (Dos Madres Press, 2019). She facilitates Drop in Writing with the Denver Botanic Gardens in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Mary also taught Picture Me Here, a writing and photography course for refugees, and helped facilitate classes at the botanic gardens for the Hard Times Writers Workshop. A certified intuitive medium, Mary works as an intuitive development mentor; she also creates content for Fortune 500 medical device companies. You can find her work in Terrain, Fourteen Hills, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Learn more at maryharpin.com.

Painting Expedition: En Plein Air on the Prairie

Join us for a morning of plein air painting at the Plains Conservation Center. Your morning includes a walking tour of several stops to experience and paint the variety of plants, animals and history of the prairie. Bring your painting supplies, mask, hat, water bottle and any other materials that you might need for the morning outing. Preregistration required, no walk ins will be accepted. Masks are required to be worn at all times while on the property.

Expedition led by Pam Roth O'Mara. Pam's nature inspired work has appeared in exhibits and festivals across South Metro Denver, including the Depot Art Gallery, Littleton Museum, City of Centennial Gallery, Colorado Gallery at Arapahoe Community College, Lowry Conference Center, Castle Rock Court the Arts Festival, Centennial Chalk Art Festival, National Arts Program Exhibit, Castle Rock Library and Nixon's Coffee House. Her piece, "Winter at the Sod Home", was selected by the curator of the Denver Art Museum's Women in Abstract Expressionism Exhibit to appear at the Littleton Museum.

Price: $22, $20 member

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Perfecting Perspective

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve your drawings from this class forward.

Prerequisite: Light on Form.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 10, 17, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fri-Sun, Sep. 25-27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Photography Expeditions at Plains Conservation Center

 

Photography expeditions to the Plains Conservation Center offer opportunities to capture the life and the seasonal characteristics of the prairie in the best light possible. In addition there will be ample time to capture photos of wild and domestic creatures, native plants and historical structures. All photography skill levels are encouraged to attend. The emphasis will be on high dynamic range photography with guidance from David Winger. A tripod is highly recommended along with clothes for protection against possible rain and or cold.

 

 

Price: $26, $28 member

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

 

 

Pumpkin Patch: Guided Family Exploration

Kick off fall with a fun family exploration at Chatfield Farms! Navigate the pumpkin patch and mini corn maze in a small group led by a Denver Botanic Gardens instructor. Investigate signs of fall and pick the perfect mini pumpkin to take home. Recommended for families with children ages 4-12, but all ages welcome.

60-minute program. Select Thursdays in September and October, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Price: $8 per child, $6 per member child, $8 per adult, $6 per member adult (includes admission to Chatfield Farms plus 1 mini pumpkin per registrant. In October additional pumpkins may be purchased onsite.)

 

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party ages 3 and up.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

 

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two. Congress designated the rose as America's national floral emblem in 1986. The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today. The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the Queen of Flowers. 

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included.

This session will be streamed live online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $32, $27 member

Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

 

Saturday Evening Guided Hikes at the Plains Conservation Center

Join us for engaging and educational evening hikes on the prairie with an experienced guide and end with one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Front Range. Hikes start at the Visitor Center, but our destination will change for each session based on the wildlife and weather at the Plains Conservation Center. For example, if the herd of pronghorn are out, we will hike in that direction to observe them and learn some cool facts about them; or we may hike to the tipis or homestead village and learn about the history of the Colorado prairie.

Participants should arrive prepared to walk up to 2 miles round-trip and bring sunscreen, hats, water, cameras, and if you have them, field guides and binoculars. Binoculars will be available to borrow if you don't have your own to bring, which will be sanitized before and after each use. Hikes can be for all ages, but participants need to be aware that there are unpaved paths, uneven ground, no shade and the hikes are all on foot.

All participants need to wear masks at all times while on the property and maintain appropriate social distancing from other hikers who are not part of their groups throughout the program. Preregistration is required for this program.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E Hampden Ave Aurora, CO 80013 (Entrance is at the corner of E Hampden Ave and S Picadilly Rd)

 

 

 

 

SCFD Free Day at Chatfield Farms

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events.

SCFD Free Day at York Street

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events. Included with admission.

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the early bulbs of spring or the crackling beauty of fall.

 

Price: $16, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Masks are required.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. For safety reasons, tours are currently limited to five participants.

 

Seedlings: Fall Frolic

Explore the gardens to see what seasonal changes are happening as we welcome the official start of fall! Discover the season’s unique natural materials and create a fall collection of your own.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 23, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 23, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, September 24, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

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 nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

 

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Roll up your sleeves for some harvest fun! Explore the many ways autumn plants inspire art and fun. Discover colors and shapes in the garden and use plants to make a harvest-inspired masterpiece.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 14, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 15, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

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 nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

Seedlings: Owls!

Get ready to flap your wings as we discover whooooooo flies around the Gardens at night. We fly, hunt and hoot as we explore the amazing world of owls.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 7, 30, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 8, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

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 nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

 

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

 

Seedlings: Piece by Piece

Can you build a plant? Learn what pieces a plant needs to grow in the Colorado climate. Discover how you can use leaves, roots, flowers and stems to build your own picture of a plant.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 30, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 1, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

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 nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

 

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

Seedlings: Prairie Plants

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses! Use your senses to discover native grasses growing at Denver Botanic Gardens. Plant native grass seeds to take home and care for.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 21, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 22, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

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 nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

 

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