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Botany in a Box Family Activity Kit: Create a Plant Press

Become a botanist in your own home as you create a plant press to preserve flowers and leaves. Use your preserved plant specimens to create an herbarium collection or create beautiful dried flower and leaf artwork!

 

Botany in a Box Family Activity Kits provide families the opportunity to take hands on learning into the comfort of their own homes! Each Activity Kit includes background information, project instructions and materials needed to complete an activity or exploration at home.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Kit Fee: $20.00 per kit, $18.00 per kit member; kit fee includes shipping

 

Create a Plant Press Kit includes:

- Materials and hardware needed to create a 6" x 6" hardwood plant press

- Paint to decorate your plant press

- Mini collection notebook

- Plant identification labels

- Pollinator seeds pack

- Information sheet and activity instructions to guide your exploration

 

Shipping Information: Botany in a Box orders are processed on Mondays and Thursdays. Orders placed Thursday 9 a.m. - Monday 9 a.m. are processed and shipped on Mondays. Orders placed Monday 9 a.m - Thursday 9 a.m. are processed and shipped on Thursdays. Once your order has been process and shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking information.

 

Día de Los Muertos Mini Earthquake-Resilient Structures - ONLINE

Día de los Muertos STEAM Outreach – ONLINE

Get the whole family involved to learn a little bit about Mexico and challenge yourselves with an interactive STEAM project. Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Jacobs Engineering in a fun, live workshop.

Create a mini earthquake-resilient structure in this Día De Los Muertos-themed workshop. Learn how science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) work together. This workshop takes place through Zoom.

Get to know two engineers, Stefania Hurtado and Monica Morales, who are dressed up as sugar skulls as they talk about how they became engineers. They demonstrate a hands-on activity where students will create their own structures to withstand a simulated earthquake. The City of Mexico endures large earthquakes, and engineering designs help keep buildings standing despite them.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1-1:30 p.m.

Ages: K-12 grade students

Price: Free with registration

Only one registration is needed per streaming device.

Household materials needed for the workshop are:

Raw spaghetti/fettuccini pasta or toothpicks, to use as members for the mini structure.

Marshmallows/gumdrops or fruit snacks, to use as connections for the mini structure.

If you don’t have the above materials, you can use pencils/pens and tape as replacements.

Tape, to tape the mini structure to the earthquake shake table.

A hard-cover book, cardboard or clipboard for the base of the shake table.

At least three marbles/beads or two markers/pencils of the same size for the rollers under the base of the shake table.

Materials are appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Please have these materials ready before the Zoom call.

Special instructions:

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Zoom will be emailed 24 hours before the start of the program.

You will need a Zoom account in order to watch the livestream. Simply click on the link, enter the password, and you will be ready to watch.

If you would like to ask questions or participate in any interactive polls, please use the chat function. There will be Q&A portion at the end, so we highly encourage your participation.

 

Día de Los Muertos Rain Harvesting System - ONLINE

Día de los Muertos STEAM Outreach - ONLINE

Get the whole family involved to learn a little bit about Mexico and challenge yourselves with an interactive STEAM project. Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Jacobs Engineering in a fun, live workshop.

Create a rain harvesting system in this Día De Los Muertos-themed workshop. Learn how science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) work together. This workshop takes place through Zoom.

Get to know two engineers, Santiago Ruiz Lopez and Monica Morales, who are dressed in Día De Los Muertos-themed attire as they talk about how they became engineers. They demonstrate a hands-on activity while students follow along and create their own mini system to collect as much  rain  as possible to fight droughts. Mexico and parts of the United States share an arid and dry climate where rain harvesting can happen on the scale from the size of a tamale pot to as large as a whole field. Water engineers design systems to ensure that clean drinking water is supplied for generations and one way is through rain harvesting.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1-1:30 p.m.

Ages: K-12 grade students

Price: Free with registration

Only one registration is needed per streaming device

Household materials needed for the workshop are:

Raw rice/lentils/beans/legumes (something light and plenty in number) to use as rain.

Paper/cardboard and foil to build the mini house and rain harvesting system.

Scissors

Tape

Materials are appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Please have these materials ready before the Zoom call.

 

Special instructions:

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Zoom will be emailed 24 hours before the start of the program.  

You will need a Zoom account in order to watch the livestream. Simply click on the link, enter the password, and you will be ready to watch.

If you would like to ask questions or participate in any interactive polls, please use the chat function. There will be Q&A portion at the end, so we highly encourage your participation.

 

 

Family Make and Take: Dia de Los Muertos Miniature Ofrendas

Explore the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos as you create a miniature ofrenda in remembrance of a loved one. Ofrendas are an important element of the Día de los Muertos celebration and are often constructed and displayed in homes to remember and honor loved ones who have passed. Families are encouraged to bring a photo copy of loved ones to include in their ofrenda. Materials provided are appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Preregistration is required.

 

Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one miniature ofrenda base/platform and access to a variety materials to use for decoration.

 

Program Location: Weather depending, this program will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, you have the choice of working in our indoor space or picking up the materials to take home with you.

 

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 and keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

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.

 

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.

 

Homeschool Investigations: The Science of Taste

Are all fruits sweet? Are all vegetables savory? Join us as we learn about the botanical anatomy of the produce we eat. Investigate how your sense of smell, sight and touch affect your sense of taste. This program includes a tasting component.

 

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.

Homeschool Investigations: What's on Your Plate

We all know eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for us. But have you ever wondered why? Join us as we explore the benefits of eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables though hands on activities, games and explorations. Investigate nutrients, vitamins and colorful phytochemicals that make fruits and vegetables healthy food choices.

 

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.

 

 

Pumpkin Patch: Guided Family Exploration

Kick off fall with a fun family exploration at Chatfield Farms! Navigate the pumpkin patch and mini corn maze in a small group led by a Denver Botanic Gardens instructor. Investigate signs of fall and pick the perfect mini pumpkin to take home. Recommended for families with children ages 4-12, but all ages welcome.

60-minute program. Select Thursdays in September and October, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Price: $8 per child, $6 per member child, $8 per adult, $6 per member adult (includes admission to Chatfield Farms plus 1 mini pumpkin per registrant. In October additional pumpkins may be purchased onsite.)

 

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.

 

 

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