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Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two.Congress designated the rose as America s national floral emblem in 1986.The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today.The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the  Queen of Flowers. 

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included to take home.

 

Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

Price: $32, $27 members

Roses in Reality

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, roses evolved millions of years ago, before North America separated from Eurasia. Of the estimated 159 species of wild roses, more than half are endemic to China. Ever since the Greek and Roman Empires, no flower has captured the human imagination in quite the same way. Start by studying rose paintings from masters of the past such as Alfred Parsons and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Learn how to draw the complex petal configurations, contrasting luminous and velvety petal textures, prickles and thorns. Practice techniques from wet-on-wet to drybrush and learn how to use them appropriately. You will leave this class with a finished, exquisite rose painting!

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

 

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.

Dates: July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22, 2020

Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

SCFD Free Day at York Street

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. Included with admission.

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.

 

Seed to Table Gardening Series for Homeschoolers

Calling all aspiring gardeners! In this five-week series of classes, homeschoolers 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 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.

 

Ages: This program series is designed for children ages 8-12.

 

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 Show and Share - ONLINE

Seedlings Show and Share is a remote opportunity for families to connect with each other and nature from the comfort of home! Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Family Program Team to sing songs, listen to stories, and share natural items you find around your home or neighborhood. This 20-30 minute live program is held virtually using Zoom.

 

Audience: Families with children 18 months to 6 years

 

Price: Free, registration is required.

 

Registration Instructions: Only one registration is needed per household. Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. the day before program.

 

The day before the Seedlings Show and Share session you will receive email on how to join the program electronically.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist. More program times will be added to accommodate waitlists.

 

Seedlings: Bug Bungalows

Explore the different sizes, shapes and colors of the bugs in the garden. Find the spots our garden friends will call home as the seasons change.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 9, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 9, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, September 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, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • 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.

Seedlings: Fall Frolic

Explore the gardens to see what seasonal changes are happening as we welcome the official start of fall! Discover the season’s unique natural materials and create a fall collection of your own.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 23, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 23, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, September 24, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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 Explorers

Seedlings: Garden Explorers offer young children and their caregivers the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature while developing an understanding and appreciate for plants and their importance. Each program includes songs, stories and a nature exploration in Mordecai Children's Garden. This 30-40 minute program is held onsite at Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location. Each week features a different story and exploration.

 

Weekly Exploration Themes

  • July 21 and 22: Parts of a Plant
  • July 28 and 29: Colors, Shapes and Patterns
  • August 4 and 5: Insects and Bugs
  • August 11 and 12: Trees
  • August 18 and 19: Birds
  • August 25 and 26: Textures

 

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.

  

*Please note, the program fee does not include admission to the main Gardens. Both members and non-members must reserve or purchase general admission tickets to the Gardens if you plan to visit them before or after your program.

  

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 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.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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: Gnome Homes

Explore the mystical world of gnomes and search for secret gnome homes. Create a gnome home and discover what you can do to invite gnomes into your garden.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 2, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 2, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, September 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, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • 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.

 

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Roll up your sleeves for some harvest fun! Explore the many ways autumn plants inspire art and fun. Discover colors and shapes in the garden and use plants to make a harvest-inspired masterpiece.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 14, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 15, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • 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.

Seedlings: Nature's Art

Roll up your sleeves for some garden art fun! Learn about the many ways plants inspire art while exploring the Gardens for inspiration to create your own natural masterpiece.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 16, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 16, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, September 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, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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: Owls!

Get ready to flap your wings as we discover whooooooo flies around the Gardens at night. We fly, hunt and hoot as we explore the amazing world of owls.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 7, 30, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 8, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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: Piece by Piece

Can you build a plant? Learn what pieces a plant needs to grow in the Colorado climate. Discover how you can use leaves, roots, flowers and stems to build your own picture of a plant.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 30, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 1, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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: Prairie Plants

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses! Use your senses to discover native grasses growing at Denver Botanic Gardens. Plant native grass seeds to take home and care for.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 21, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 22, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • 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.

 

Seedlings: The Creepy Crawly Garden

Check out spider plants and some silly, slimy bugs as we take a close look at the strange and unusual plants and animals that live in a garden.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, October 28, 30, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, October 28, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, October 29, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

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. 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 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.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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.

 

Spines and Shadows: The Magic is in Perspective

Cacti are botanical subjects that present all kinds of fun perspective challenges! In this class, discover how cacti conform to basic geometric forms. Practice building a realistic linear model using the three-step perspective method. Learn about the principles of cast shadows through observing the effects of light falling on spines. Experiment with combining watercolor, graphite and hints of colored pencil to create a colorful composition of a cactus of your choice.

Prerequisites: Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Color Mixing, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Steppe Symposium 2020: Visions of Mongolia

Join us for an evening of steppe education with a live raptor demonstration, followed by the lecture “Observations of the Great Mongolian Steppe” by Scott Dressel-Martin and Mike Bone along with a viewing of the film “The Eagle Huntress.”

 

Golden Eagle Demonstration

Anne Price, president of the Raptor Education Foundation, introduces one of the Foundation’s golden eagles and talks about the ancient fascination with this bird, which has been popularized in the movie “The Eagle Huntress.”

 

Observations of the great Mongolian Steppe - Lecture

Both Scott Dressel-Martin and Mike Bone have traveled to Mongolia to experience life on the steppe. These travels as part of Denver Botanic Gardens Center for Global Initiatives help guide and influence our central Asian steppe collections and displays. Join Scott and Mike as they bring you on a journey through the beautiful Mongolian steppe in culture, flora and landscapes.

 

The Eagle Huntress - Film

Rated G | Sport/Adventure Documentary

Directed by Otto Nell

Narrated by Daisy Ridley

 

“The Eagle Huntress” follows 13-year-old Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, “The Eagle Huntress” features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

 

While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined. The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father's eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue.

 

After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure freezing temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.

 

Price: $42, $39 member

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