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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.

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.

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.

Sunday Morning Stroll in Snowshoes

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Immerse yourself in the subtle beauty & intriguing history of the high plains short-grass prairie during this guided nature hike. If we are lucky enough to have snow on the ground, we will explore the wonders of nature and the history of this place wearing snowshoes provided for both adults and kids.  The hike will proceed on foot as usual if no snow accumulation is present. 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: $5

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

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.

 

The Garden through Hokusai's Lens - ONLINE

Hokusai, best known for "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," was a prolific, influential printmaker and painter to the Impressionist and Post-impressionists. He edited his compositions like a director in a film, commanding the eye across the surface in order to tell his version of the "story." Using black ink and water, we will study the Gardens' Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden to construct vignettes using sumi-e painting techniques on rice paper. Our final project will be a hanging scroll made from one of our ink sketches.

 

Date(s): December 12, 9 a.m.- Noon

Online

Fee: Member $60, Non Member $70

Instructor: Lori Ann Levy-Holm

 

 

The Garden through Rousseau's Lens - ONLINE

Rousseau told his friends that he traveled to Mexico in order to execute his jungles paintings. Actually, he visited the botanic gardens in Paris and used their plantings as the basis for this series. The animals he incorporated into these paintings were either observed at the zoo or drawn from library books. In this workshop we will explore the flora and fauna of our Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory to create a collage that would reflect Rousseau's exaggerated landscapes.

Date(s): November 21, 9 a.m.-Noon

Online

Fee: Member $60, Non Member $70

Instructor: Lori Ann Levy-Holm

The Rose & Thorn: Story Time for Adults: Winter 2021

Join us online for the winter 2021 session of The Rose & Thorn, a story time for adults series hosted virtually and read by the Helen Fowler Library. One book will be read each month over the course of four sessions, focusing on cozy mysteries with botanical themes.

 

Kate Collins has authored the “A Flower Shop Mystery” series following Abby Knight, a flower shop owner who seems to always get involved with local crime. Stay at home with a glass of wine or craft project while a librarian reads you through this quirky series.

 

The first two books of the series to be read are:

January - “Mum’s the Word”

February - “Slay It with Flowers”

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Anna Kongs

Therapeutic Thursdays - ONLINE

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapists from your home or office as we share techniques used in the Therapeutic Horticulture program. Engage your senses as we guide you in how to connect with plants in your everyday life.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Only one registration is needed per streaming device. Advanced registration required.

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Vimeo will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time. Sessions are between 15-30 minutes long.

 

October 29: The Restorative and Reflective Nature of Water

Join us for this very special co-produced episode with The One World One Water Center. Together with OWOW’s Co-Director Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, we discuss the history of the waterways at Denver Botanic Gardens and explore the therapeutic aspects of water. Joining us is Ken Wright, founder of Wright Water Engineers, and Alexandra Smith, our landscape operations specialist, who shares with us a little about maintaining all of the Gardens’ waterways.

 

November 19: Traditional Uses of Infused Vinegars

Infusing vinegar is a great way to use homegrown or store-bought herbs and make thoughtful gifts. In this session we are joined by clinical herbalist Shelley Torgove, founder of Denver’s Artemisia & Rue, who shares with us how to use fresh and dried herbs to infuse vinegars. Learn to make delicious dressings for salads or roasted veggies. Discover the health benefits and history of fire cider, a traditional remedy to combat colds and support the respiratory system.

 

December 17: Virtual Meditative Plant Tour of the Gardens

Take a mindful, virtual walk among plants. As we pause, we engage with the images of plants and use our sense memory to connect with nature: imagine the warmth of the sun on your skin, the sounds of birdsong and hum of insects, and the scents of flowers and earthy bark. There is an abundance of life all around us that we are sometimes too busy to notice.

This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming at the Gardens.

 

 

 

Price: Complimentary, advanced registration required.

Instructors: Catharine McCord

Catharine McCord is a program coordinator at the Gardens for adult education programs and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. She is also the recipient of the 2020 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy.

 

Tony Ortega: Virtual Studio Visit & Artist Talk - ONLINE

Join artist Tony Ortega in his studio for a virtual visit and artist talk to hear about his approach to making art and his perspective on the Chicano experience in U.S. culture, highlighting the role of place and landscape in connecting community.

A program complement to the exhibition “Raíces y Ramas | Roots and Branches,” which runs November 21, 2020 – February 28, 2021.

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