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It All Begins Here with Darrell Anderson

Celebrate Denver Arts Week(end) and get creative at lunch! Join acclaimed artist Darrell Anderson for 30 minutes of exploring form and the joy of creating. Whether you have been drawing for years or never held a pencil before, Darrel will challenge you to think, move, see, feel and experience the world in new ways. Challenge yourself and discover what you can create with a simple pencil and sheet of paper. It all begins here.

Date(s): November 6, 2020, Noon - 12:30 p.m.

Fee: Free - one registration per streaming device required

 

 

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 10, 17, 24 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, meet with Lighthouse Writers Workshop instructor Mary Harpin once a month via Zoom. Discuss a theme connected to writing in the outside world and work with writing prompts. For part of the session, head outside to write, then return to share your work. A one-time-use 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 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 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.

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Mary Harpin

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)

 

 

 

 

Saturday Morning Guided Hikes at the Plains Conservation Center

Come see the beautiful transition between nocturnal and diurnal wildlife on the prairie during an engaging and educational morning hike with an experienced guide.

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 and learn 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: Garden Detectives

Discover the Gardens with the tools of a detective! We will look at what a winter garden looks like and find clues of living plants.

  •  Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, November 11, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  •  Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, November 12, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

 

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. 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.

  

 • 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: 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: Wednesday, December 2, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday December 3, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

 

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. 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.

 

  • 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: Magical Woods

Explore the world of special trees that stay green all year long.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, November 18, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, November 19, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

 

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. 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.

  

 • 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: Marvelous Marigolds

Discover the magic of these fragrant and festive fall flowers.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, November 4, 9:15 a.m.
  •  Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, November 5, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

 

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. 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.

  

 • 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: Pine Cones Galore!

Explore the garden and discover the importance of the pine cone.

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

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

 

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. 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.

  

 • 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: Seasonal Treats

Discover where some of our favorite seasonal flavors come from.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, December 16, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, December 16, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, December 17, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

 

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. 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.

  

 • 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: The Creepy Crawly Garden

Check out spider plants and some silly, slimy bugs as we take a close look at the strange and unusual plants and animals that live in a garden.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 28, 30, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 28, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 29, 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.

 

Smartphone Photography: Editing with Snapseed for Android and iPhone - ONLINE

Would you like to take your smartphone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on your iPhone or Android and explore one of the most powerful free photo-editing apps available: Snapseed. Learning to use the tools within the Snapseed app will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos. We explore the tools within the app and how to properly use them to make the most of your smartphone photography. This class is for anyone with a smartphone, iPhone or Android.

Please download the Snapseed app prior to class.

 

 

Snapseed for Android

Snapseed for iPhone

 

This session will be streamed online. Details on how to join the class and how long it will be accessible online will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

 

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone - ONLINE

Have you ever taken a picture with your iPhone and realized that the photo on your screen doesn’t appear to be exactly how you envisioned it? The iPhone has a built-in photo editing app with the tools necessary for you to achieve your vision. During this class, learn about editing fundamentals, (i.e. exposure, contrast, highlights and brilliance to name a few), and the best way to adjust them in order to manipulate your image. Come away with the understanding of color balance and how to use it to your advantage while editing your photos. We explore the crop tool in conjunction with aspect ratios—very helpful if you print your photos! Using these features for editing will help you unlock your creativity and take your photos in a whole new direction.

 

This session will be streamed online. Details on how to join the class and how long it will be accessible online will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this 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.

 

Weekly Exploration Themes:

  • October 13: Seeds
  • October 20: Leaves
  • October 27: Busy Animals
  • November 3: Autumn Adventures
  • November 10: Let's Go on a Hike
  • November 17: Hibernation

 

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.

 

Program Fee: $10 preschooler, $8 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 children under the age of 3 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 3 years 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.

The Classroom and Nature Play - ONLINE

Get an overview of how nature is a useful and diverse tool for your learning space. During this time discussions will include using evidence-based practices to develop classroom materials, curriculum and management techniques. We will draw on individual experiences to help us use our imaginations to support optimal learning environments for our youngest learners.

 

This online webinar is approved by Colorado Shines PDIS and counts towards clock hours.

 

Audience: Pre-K Teachers

 

Program Fee: $20, $15 member

 

Special Instructions: A webinar link will be emailed to registrants 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the program.

 

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