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Morning Hatha Yoga

Morning Hatha Yoga is an all-levels practice, open to everyone! Come unwind through gentle movement, stretching, pranayama and guided meditation. This class holds space to allow the student to gain strength and flexibility at their own pace with an emphasis on safety and alignment.


Instructor: Meredith Saver. What began as a physical journey for Meredith quickly grew into a mental and emotional one, too. Her yoga mat has always held space for her to “come home” in her body and in her heart. In this this often-challenging and ever-changing life, yoga serves as her “drishti”- her external point of focus that draws awareness inward. In 2015 Meredith completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with Don and Amba Stapleton. While she is drawn to many forms of yoga, Meredith’s Hatha vinyasa classes are a well-rounded, playful and intelligent blend of movement and meditation. As a teacher it is always her aim to create a safe learning environment so that anyone can show up to step on their mat and find their slice of “coming home.”

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat and/or towel and a water bottle. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards and checks are also acceptable.


Morning Yoga in the Gardens

Turn stress into sweat. This signature class strengthens, balances and detoxifies your entire body and mind as you move through an accessible vinyasa flow. Power up your yoga practice like never before as you soak in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens!


Co-produced with CorePower Yoga Cherry Creek - all levels welcome.


Online Registration Required

Public $18


Special Instructions: Please bring a mat and/or towel and a water bottle.



Native Earth: Three Sisters

Pay homage to the bounty of summer! Begin with a tour by a Gardens expert and learn about the “Three Sisters,” the Native American triad of squash, beans and corn that plays a crucial role in nutrition, lore and magic. Start with field journaling to capture the delicate tendrils of beans, the shaggy elegance of corn husks and the wonderful colors of squash. Learn how to use contrasting value, color, shape and texture to add visual impact to your compositions and learn how to blend and bleed paints for rich color effects. Select appropriate techniques for a variety of surface textures, and create a contemporary, colorful and vivid plate.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.


Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.


Date(s): Tue, Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – noon


Instructor: Laurence Pierson

Native Plant Master Course at Plains Conservation Center

The Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU Extension's Native Plant Master Program are cosponsoring a Native Plant Master® course at the Plains Conservation Center for the second time in several years. Come experience the wide open prairies of Colorado while learning about native and alien plants that live there. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 - 50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.


This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program. Please visit https://npm.eventbrite.com to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements.


Price: $95 public



Lisa Mason - Horticulture Agent in Arapahoe County

Lucinda Greene -Assistant Horticulturist and Native Plant Master Coordinator in Arapahoe County


Special instructions, requests or notes:


Prerequisite: Basic Botany class. (For those with a botany background that have not completed a Native Plant Master course, this prerequisite may be waived. Contact lgreene@arapahoegov.com to request a waiver.)




Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses will receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master. For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones

Lifezone: Plains


When and where to meet: Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80018. (303) 693-3621. (See map.) Meet at the center of the main lot. Please park in the lot to the east of the picnic shelter, not directly in front of the Front Range Building. Please arrive at 8:15 AM the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp.


What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy closed-toe footwear (suitable for cactus country), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.


Required Textbook: Flora of Colorado by Jennifer Ackerfield available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736)


Carpooling: Carpooling is encouraged. Contact lgreene@arapahoegov.com if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.


Please visit https://npm.eventbrite.com to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements. This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program

For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org


Nervines: Calming the Nervous System with Nervine Herbs

In this 2 part class we look at herbal strategies that address the nervous system with a focus on stress, anxiety, sleep and depression. Learn about herbal nervines and adaptogens that soothe and support the nervous system and how to combine herbs with meditation and movement to reduce daily stress levels.


Price: $104 public

Instructors: Cat Pantaleo and Raven Rose

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.


Raven is a menstrual health herbalist who intertwines Western herbalism with traditional healing practices. At her practice, Moon Medicine, she addresses menstrual and hormonal issues, from fibroids to hot flashes. Raven has studied herbalism, nutrition and spiritual healing in the United States, Mexico and Peru. Her teachings are focused on natural healing through the integration of herbalism with emotional and spiritual healing. Catch her in a class on herbs for hormonal balance or connecting with plant spirits.


Observe Through the Lens: Wetland Grasses and Sedges Online with On-Site Component

Native grasslands once covered 40 percent of this continent, though less than 1 percent remain today. Colorado has lost approximately 35 percent of its central short-grass prairie. Native grasses are integral to our ecosystem and provide a wide range of color, texture and fascinating seed heads. But this distinctive plant structure presents a challenge to illustrators. Start with a visit to the herbarium and a talk by a Gardens expert to expand your understanding of how grasses grow. Learn and practice pure drybrush techniques including feathering and blending. Mix the subtle greens, browns and neutrals of live and dried grasses. Combine your new knowledge and skills to complete a portrait of an ethereal Colorado native.





Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I and entry-level botanical illustration in color media.


Fee: $350 member, $405 non-member (includes “Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants” by Denise Culver).


In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Aug. 30-31, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


All assignments are to be completed no later than Sep. 30, 2019.


Instructor: Charlotte Ricker


The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.


Open Studio

Open Studio is for anyone who wants to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. You can work on your own projects during open hours, at your own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m.-noon), but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help you get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio is ideal for anyone who wants to advance his/her personal projects (or ideas) or needs to refresh his/her knowledge of any media.


Fee: $35/session member, $45/session non-member.


Pre-registration required.



Mon, July 15, 9 a.m. – noon (Renee Jorgensen)

Mon, July 22, 9 a.m. – noon (Constance Sayas)

Mon, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. – noon (instructor TBA)

Mon, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. – noon (Renee Jorgensen)

Mon, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. – noon (Susan DiMarchi)

Mon, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. – noon (Marjorie Leggitt)



Outdoor Winter Containers

Tired of looking at dried, dead foliage from last summer's containers all through the winter? There are inexpensive and creative ways to fill outdoor containers from fall to early spring Betty Cahill, garden  Punch List  writer for the Denver Post, reveals how easy it is to assemble and create decorative pots to chase away the fall and winter blahs. Cahill shares seasonal decorating ideas, too!


Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $41, $36 member

Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Penn and Cord Parmenter have been growing food in their passive solar sustainable greenhouse for 19 years. Their expertise is shared in this class to help take some of the mystery out of something that should be easy and yet can seem so hard. Matching appropriate plants to the microclimates within the greenhouse is crucial. Often the plants are the best teachers in the greenhouse and together participants learn how to work within the unique greenhouse eco-system.

Favorite foods, herbs and flowers are discussed as well as forcing plants for seed production, over wintering potted plants and succession planting for a year round harvest.

The Parmenters share tips for keeping the greenhouse organically under control from bugs and disease. Preventative methods and what to do when an outbreak strikes are discussed.

Penn and Cord lead busy lives with three kids and a business and yet they manage to grow food year round in their greenhouses. When life gets in the way and you’re thinking of turning your greenhouse into a shed, don’t despair because there are answers for successful greenhouse growing.


Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

Price: $31, $26 members

See also "Sustainable Greenhouse Design" - offered on the same weekend!

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.



Mon, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep. 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


Thu, Sep. 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


Photographing Blossoms of Light

Enjoy special early evening access to the Blossoms of Light event and learn how to capture stunning images of holiday displays.

The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.


Price: $47, $42 members

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens' official photographer

Special Instructions: This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!

Photographing Denver at Night


Explore the magic of night photography as you learn to create stunning and visually exciting images. Instruction focuses on making the proper exposures at sunset and at night using limited or controlled light sources, as well as understanding how to capture movement within an image.

This class will be held on two evenings: the first in the classroom for instruction; the second one will be off-site to put the teachings into practice.


Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Jeanette Galie 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. Jeanette³ 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.


Special Requirements: A camera with manual capabilities and a tripod. A shutter release cable or remote would be helpful but not required.


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. Dates and times are set to coordinate with sunsets, sunrises, moonsets and moonrises with one exception in May to focus on spring flowers. Each expedition is led by David Winger, a renowned garden and nature photographer.


Open to all skill levels. Participants are encourage to bring a tripod and a telephoto lens and dress appropriately for the weather as the class takes place outdoors.



Price: $26, $28 member

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




Pickles and Chutney


In this hands-on cooking class we will focus on pickle and chutney making. We will review canning safety and techniques of boiling water bath canning, but this class is geared to those who have had some experience with waterbath canning. We will pickle some fruit, some vegetables, and also make chutneys we can use to dress up our barbeque’d meats or liven up a cheese plate. Each student will get at least 3 jars-of pickled vegetable, pickled fruit, and chutney.


Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee


Plains Conservation Center Wagon Tour

Get to know the prairie in a whole new way. On our ride across the plains, participants watch for wildlife in the landscape, from prairie dogs to pronghorn antelope and birds of prey, beneath the great stretching sky while learning about the short grass prairie ecosystem along the way. With stops at the sod homes and Cheyenne camp, your group will experience what it was like to be a homesteader and a Cheyenne Indian living on the prairie in the 1800's. Take a guided tour of the sod homestead and see the sod homes, schoolhouse and blacksmith shop. Then visit the Cheyenne camp to learn about how the Cheyenne lived on the prairie and followed the bison as a seminomadic tribe.

Starting in September, the new later tours are scheduled to coincide with the spectacular sunsets at the Plains Conservation Center. Please refer to the calendar for start times.

Please note: Tours are weather dependent. If a tour is cancelled due to weather, you will be contacted.

Date: Select Saturdays

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and seasonally adjusted afternoon or evening start times. Please refer to the calendar for start times.

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



Plants with Bite

Go beyond the usual and dive into the world of carnivorous plants that capture, kill and digest their prey! With more than 600 species, carnivorous plants are found on every continent except Antarctica. The bizarre predatory plants from the Gardens’ extensive greenhouse collection challenge your perception of docile plant portraits. Learn about these interesting plants and get a rare up-close view to help capture a dramatic plant study that also includes the specimen in its natural setting. See how to create luscious textures, colors and creative backgrounds to highlight these sinister beauties.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.


Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.


Date(s): Wed, Sep. 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30, 9 a.m. – noon


Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

Play On! Performing Arts at Denver Botanic Gardens

Gardening and performing arts come together to spark creativity and imagination in this new program series. Children engage in acting, music and movement activities throughout this five-week series as they are guided by a Play On! teaching artist to create, rehearse and perform a play based on the story of the “Gigantic Turnip” by Aleksei Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey. This program series is designed for children ages 5-10.


Play On! is a locally owned and operated small business that encourages Denver-area school age children to explore their passion of the arts. Play On! offers highly collaborative performing arts programs using a hands-on creative approach that allows for a student to find their voice on the stage and beyond.


Session Dates:

- Monday September 9, 2019

- Monday September 16, 2019

- Monday September 23, 2019

- Monday September 30, 2019

- Monday October 7, 2019


Price: $100 per child for 5-week series. One adult per child is free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Prairie Birding at the Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join City of Aurora naturalists for a morning of birds and spectacular views at the Plains Conservation Center. Enjoy the open prairie and it's diversity of plant and animal life as you search for resident birds. From year-long residents like the Western Meadowlark to seasonal migrants like the Swainson's Hawk, there is always something to see. Whether you are new to birding or a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to meet other bird enthusiasts.Appropriate for ages 6 and older.

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.

Date: March 30, June 22, September 29 and December 7, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.

Price: $5

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

Prairie Homestead Self-Guided Tour

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join us at the Plains Conservation Center for a self-guided tour of our historical sod village and tipis. See what a Native American tipi camp might have looked like in the early 1800s. Immerse yourself in a replication of an 1880s prairie homestead village with authentic artifacts and, depending on the season, real farm animals.

Please Note: All guests must check in at the PCC Visitor Center with purchase confirmation prior to beginning self-guided tour in order to receive site condition updates and the actual self-guided brochure.

For a more in-depth experience, sign up for a guided tour or program! Schedule a private tour by contacting Denver Botanic Gardens at info@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3500.

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.


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


Hours for Self-Guided Tours:

Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday-Friday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.






Pronghorn: Not an Antelope, But a Living Fossil of the Pleistocene

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

When we spot them, we think mystery and antelope! These survivors from another world are native to Aurora and have adapted to the changing landscape. Join us for a wagon ride at the Plains Conservation Center to observe and learn about these living fossils from the Pleistocene.

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.

Date: September 29, 2019

Time: 11a.m.

Price: $10

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


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