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Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Reptiles

Learn what makes reptiles different from other animals and meet some live snakes and turtles. 

Family Workshops at Plains Conservation Center offer families a fun, hands-on guided opportunity to learn about the prairie and the people, plants and animals that live or have lived on the prairie. Workshops include a guided exploration of the topic and a project for adults and children to create together. This workshop is designed for families with children ages 4-10.

Price:  $12 per person

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

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.

Full Moon Hike

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Discover Aurora's true nature under the light of the full moon and learn a little about its history with this guided nature hike.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: $5

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Gift of Individual

Gift memberships take up to 72 hours to be activated. Please allow 7-10 business days for the gift packet to be mailed to your gift recipient.

If you are renewing a gift membership click here

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Nature Art

Create nature art at the beautiful Plains Conservation Center through mud painting, yucca braiding, and an explorative wildlife walk.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

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.

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Pollinators

Learn about some of the most important animals in the plant world through a flower dissection, scavenger hunt, and other activities.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

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.

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Dogs

Come explore the key stone species of the shortgrass prairie and learn what makes prairie dogs so special to their ecosystem.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

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.

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Reptiles

Learn what makes reptiles different from other animals and meet some live snakes and turtles. 

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

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.

Guided Sitting Meditation - Letting Go - ONLINE

The New Year often brings aspirations for change. Letting go of past hurts and disappointments makes space to start anew. With insight and gentleness, we are encouraged to place our hopes and dreams in the cradle of loving kindness.

Appropriate for adults of all abilities.

 

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

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

 

Handmade Nature Journals: A field Guide to Autumn at Home - ONLINE

In this class we will learn how to create beautiful pages for a nature journal to document autumn in our neighborhoods at this unique moment in time. Start with a directed nature walk to explore the environment around your home—whether you live in an urban area, on the plains, or deep in the mountains, there is nature worth documenting everywhere around you. From our notes, drawings, and photographs we will translate your discoveries into beautiful pages of artwork, and bind them into a handmade field guide that you can keep for years to come.

Date(s): November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Online

Fee: Member $200, Non Member $240

Instructor: Sarah Pedry

History Hikes

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Learn about the important role nature has in history and how it has influenced folklore, culture and modern society.

Living West - Water

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.

Devastation of the Dust Bowl

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: 11 a.m.

The Invasion of the Non-natives

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Time: 11 a.m.

The Smokey Hill Trail

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time: 12 p.m.

 

Price: $5

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Homeschool Make and Take: Evergreens Up Close

Explore how winter looks at the Gardens. Take a walk through the trees and learn more about our favorite evergreens. Along with being the perfect homes for wildlife, explore what makes an evergreen special. Finish your exploration by building your own wreath to take home! This program is a self-guided experience.

 

Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Program Format: This program includes a self-guided exploration of the Gardens’ outdoor spaces followed by the opportunity to use one of our outdoor workspaces to create your wreath. In the event of weather that prohibits the comfortable use of our outdoor spaces, you have the choice of working in our indoor workspace or taking the materials home with you to complete your project.

 

Audience: Materials provided are appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one undecorated wreath form and access to a variety of natural and manmade materials to use for decoration.

 

Registration Instructions: The number of project fees should equal the number of people making an individual wreath. You will be asked to provide the number of adults and the number children who will be part of your group during the check out process. The project fee includes admission to the Gardens for your family group.

 

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 workspaces will be disinfected between each use.

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

 

Homeschool Make and Take: The Art and Science of Pressed Flowers

Put on the boots of a botanist and explore the Gardens as the seasons change. Learn how and why plants are selected for research, build your own plant press to take home and use dried plant specimens to create a work of art. This program is a self-guided experience.

 

Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Program Format and Location: This program includes a self-guided exploration of the Gardens’ outdoor spaces followed by the opportunity to use one of our outdoor workspaces to create your plant press and artwork. In the event of weather that prohibits the comfortable use of our outdoor spaces, you have the choice of working in our indoor workspace or taking the materials home with you to complete your project.

 

Audience: Materials provided are appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes the materials to build a 6" x 6" hardwood plant press, art board and a variety of pressed flowers and leaves to create a work of pressed plant art.

 

Registration Instructions: The number of project fees should equal the number of children making a plant press and artwork. You will be asked to provide the number of adults and the number children who will be part of your group during the check out process. The project fee includes admission to the Gardens for your family group.

 

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 workspaces will be disinfected between each use.

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

 

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

*Member benefits are subject to change without notice

 

 

 

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

Prairie Birding Safari Ride

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Enjoy the open prairie and its diversity of plant and animal life as you search for resident birds while riding in a safari vehicle. Whether you are new to birding or a seasoned pro, all skill levels are welcome. Ages 6 & up.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: $8

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

Santa Wagon Rides

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

You and your family can enjoy a special wagon ride with Santa, followed by hot cocoa and a meet and greet. Experience the wild of the prairie and listen to tales of long ago from the jolly man himself. Registration for this event is required and multiple time slots are available each day. Please bring your own blankets to use during your ride.

All ages welcome.  

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013. Phone 303-326-8380

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