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Denver Botanic Gardens is a premier venue for art exhibitions including bronze sculpture, botanical illustration, photography, site-specific installations and more. Join us for a walk through the galleries with one of our curators and learn behind-the- scenes information about how these exhibitions came to be.

 

Exhibitions change regularly. Here is information about current and upcoming art exhibitions.

 

Price: $19, $15 member, $13 student

 

Special instructions: 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 four participants. To schedule a docent-guided tour for your small group, please contact tours@botanicgardens.org.

 

Image credit: The Night-Blowing Cereus, from Robert John Thornton’s “Temple of flora, or, Garden of the botanist, poet, painter and philosopher: being, picturesque botanical plates of the New illustration of the sexual system of Linnæus”, ca. 1798 - 1807, London.

 

Dia de Mole Negro - ONLINE

Bring the essence of Día de los Muertos into the kitchen by balancing the bitter with the sweet.

Día de los Muertos celebrates loved ones who have passed. An important part of this celebration is the creation of altars, filled with ofrendas that feature the loved ones’ favorite earthly treats, such as sweets, fine cigars, chocolate, mezcal, beer and favorite foods.

Mole, a traditional food of Día de los Muertos, originated in the town of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still a huge part of the culture, and recipes are passed down throughout generations. Oaxaca’s population is nearly 50% indigenous and its celebration of Día de los Muertos is renowned.

As loved ones make their way into the afterlife, those who are left behind remember them by cooking their favorite variation of a perfectly balanced mole. The secret to mole is to balance sweet and savory while incorporating flavors preferred by the person cooking the dish. Chef Sandoval’s version of mole uses Latin American chocolate, spices and ripe plantains.

 

Menu:

Mole Negro - inspired by a classic mole poblano, with a Honduran twist

Turmeric rice with aromatics

Cabbage slaw with citrus vinaigrette

Red bean puree with cilantro and olive oil

 

**Special Notes**

The cost of this program includes a take-home kit with the necessary ingredients, available for pick-up at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street location. Kit pick-up details will be sent to participants at least one week prior to the program.

The pick-up date is Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..

 

Each kit includes enough supplies for two individuals.

 

This program takes place entirely online. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $120, $110 member

Instructor: Chef Edwin Sandoval

 

Honduras-born and Colorado-raised, Edwin Sandoval is a modern multicultural creator of food. Chef Sandoval spent the past 13 years moving through the ranks of professional kitchens in famed restaurants such as Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Spuntino, Beatrice & Woodsley, and Telegraph Bistro.

Recently, Chef Sandoval launched Xatrucho with the vision to become one of the premier private cooking concepts in Denver. With XATRUCHO, Chef Sandoval creates experiences allowing guests from different walks of life to come together through food.

Early Morning Sunday Strolls

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the high plains shortgrass prairie through a guided nature hike. Experience the prairie in the soft morning light while catching some breathtaking views of the Colorado front range and the chance to view resident wildlife.

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

 

Ecology for Gardeners - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Ecology is the study of interactions in nature. It seeks to understand the relationship between organisms to their environment and to each other. Successful gardening involves understanding and applying these principles. Basic principles of ecology will be explored in relationship to conditions in the Rocky Mountain region. Current environmental issues of the region will also be considered.

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

 

Price: $91, $81 member

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Be a Homesteader

Learn about how homesteading families lived on the plains in the 1800's and make a homestead craft together.

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.

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

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Creepy Crawlers and Spooky Critters

Learn about some critters like snakes and spiders, and do some exploration and crafting together in Halloween.

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.

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

 

Fantastic Fungi Film

81 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg
Starring Paul Stamets, Tony D. Head, Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and Dennis J. McKenna,

Fantastic Fungi  is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson,  Fantastic Fungi  takes us on an immersive journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network with the potential to heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic and environmental challenges.

 

Folk Cures and Kitchen Remedies - ONLINE

Learn how to use herbs and simple but effective kitchen ingredients to fight off those winter maladies. We’ll discover essentials for winter health including spicy fire cider, tasty herbal teas for flus and cold, and warming elderberry/ginger syrup for immunity. Explore the many attributes of garlic and apple cider vinegar, and easy, inexpensive lifestyle tweaks to improve resilience and keep your family healthy and well. Handout with recipes provided.

 

This session will be held streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day-of the program.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

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

 

Gardens to Glass, Delicious Drinks and Cocktails from the Garden - ONLINE

Grab your friends and discover how easy it is to create fresh, artisanal beverages from the garden with minimal effort and delicious results. Make captivating cocktails, infused liquors, non-alcoholic refreshers, herbal concentrates, healthy fruit shrubs and more. Skip the chemicals, dyes, and corn syrup and bring in the nourishing clean tastes of fresh produce and herbs to create your own unique flavorful libations.

Class is taught by Susan Evans, herbalist and author of The Herbalist’s Happy Hour, Crafted Cocktails and Tapas from the Garden.

 

This session will be held streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day-of the program. Recipes will be provided to registrants to make the beverages at home!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Susan specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

 

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

Ghost Stories on the Prairie

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join us for an evening walk as we regale you with spooky, creepy and downright hair-raising tales from the past of the Colorado prairie.

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

 

Ghosts in the Gardens - Open Air Scare

Denver Botanic Gardens dares you to join us after dark with haunting stories of the Gardens' 100 years of history and points of interest in what used to be called The Boneyard.

Visitors strolling through the Gardens will encounter socially distanced storytellers sharing real staff ghost stories, actual overnight security staff ghost encounters and intriguing history. Conjure your courage and capture your fear as you walk our dimly lit paths after hours and dare to have your own ghostly encounter, here at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Pricing $34, $29 member

 

Special Instructions:

This program will be held onsite and exclusively outdoors, so dress accordingly for the weather.

Children 12 years old and older are welcomed, and are the responsibility of their parents at all times. This tour is not recommended for younger children.

All participants will be required to wear a mask.

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: Birds

Come meet the birds of the Colorado prairie! Learn about birds through scavenger hunts, hiking in the shortgtass, and dissecting an owl pellet.

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.

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist as more dates and times may be scheduled.

 

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Sod Homestead

Find out what it was like to live in a sod house in the 1880s! Explore our replica sod village, compare artifacts from then and now, and make you own homestead toy to bring home with you.

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.

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist as more dates and times may be scheduled.

 

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: The Cheyenne

Join us to learn about the Cheyenne and how utilized the natural resources to survive on the prairie in the 1800s. Explore our replica Cheyenne tipi camp with a guide, discover how the Cheyenne made items for their homes from parts of the bison, and create something using the prairie plants to take home with you.

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.

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist as more dates and times may be scheduled.

 

Guided Sitting Meditation - Embracing Uncertainty

To embrace uncertainty is to embrace life. Uncertainty often brings myriad emotions   trepidation, anger, doubt, fear. Our meditation will encourage embracing uncertainty, allowing room for wonder and acceptance of all that is.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

**This program will take place ONSITE at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street.**

Guided Sitting Meditation - Letting Go

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.

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

 

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 Investigations: Flavors Around the World

Have you ever wondered about the origins of some of your favorite flavors? Become a detective as we investigate cultural food influences and trace the origins of our favorite flavors from around the globe.

 

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.

 

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