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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to the ongoing experience of body, feelings, emotions, and mind. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants.

Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., MBSR consists of 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context and continued between class sessions.

 

Price: $400, $350 members, includes $25 for materials.

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

 

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!

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

 

 

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 pccinfo@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.

 

 

 

 

 

Prairie Wagon Rides with Santa

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Get in the mood for the holidays with a wagon ride next to Santa! Enjoy crafts, snacks and discover Aurora's true nature on the prairie.

Registration required, time slots available upon registration.

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.

Dates: December 14 and 15

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wagon ride times: 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Price: $10

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

 

Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms

Santa and his friends transform Chatfield Farms into a magical village! Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema or walk under the magical light displays. Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off your letters to Santa. Let the kids play in a real elf house and see the elves hard at work. Enter a life-size snow globe.

Included with Admission:

  • Take photos with Santa
  • Kids get to make a holiday keepsake to take home
  • Meet Santa’s live reindeer and get photos
  • Greet Santa's friend, the Snowman
  • Enjoy story time and sing-alongs with Mrs. Claus
  • Holiday lights
  • Hayrides
  • Santa’s Cinema shows the movie 'Elf'
  • NEW! Enter a life-size snow globe to play in the snow and get pictures

 

Buy tickets online or at the ticket booth in the Chatfield Farms parking lot during the event (if available). Ticket booth opens at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the York Street Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center or Chatfield Farms Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center during public hours starting in November. Tickets are limited each night. Purchase in advance to ensure admittance on your desired date.

Holiday treats and warm drinks are available for purchase.

Scratchboard for Fine Details

Pen and ink on clayboard surface is one of the most adaptable and forgiving combinations of pigment, medium and surface. All fear of using ink is gone! Discover the excitement of scratchboard, where contrasts in textures and values produce dramatic and luminous effects. Choose your favorite subject matter, either a conifer cone or another subject with plenty of details, and create a stunning composition. Learn the techniques to convey form, shading, textures and spatial perspective in your composition. The beautiful dried or dormant fruits of winter will provide inspiration for your finished plate in this inspiring weekend workshop. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form.

• Fri-Sun, Nov. 1-3, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

 

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: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

Seed to Table Gardening Series for Homeschoolers

Calling all aspiring gardeners! In this five-week series of classes, families will deepen their understanding of planting and growing a successful garden in Colorado. Grow plants from start to finish while learning to sow your own seeds, working side by side with a Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist and developing gardening techniques. Each week, children will engage in active hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom. At the end of five weeks each young aspiring gardener will take home a seasonal container garden. This program series is designed for children ages 6-10.

 

Session Dates:

- Tuesday October 22, 2019

- Tuesday October 29, 2019

- Tuesday November 5, 2019

- Tuesday November 12, 2019

- Tuesday November 19, 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.

Seedlings: Cornucopia

Our budding gardeners look at the last harvest of the season.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Roll up your sleeves for some harvest fun! We explore the many ways autumn plants inspire art and fun.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Holiday Treats - The Plants We Eat!

Discover where some of our favorite flavors come from.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 18, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 19, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Magical Woods

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

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 4, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Owls!

Discover whooooooo flies around Mordecai Children’s Garden at night.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 6, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pine Cones Galore!

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

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 11, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkin Arts!

Let’s get creative and make a masterpiece with the plant of the season!

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 30, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkin Parts

What does a pumpkin look like inside and out?

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Three Sisters Garden

Join us as we explore this famous vegetable trio of corn, squash and beans.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 16, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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