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Adult Classes

Lifelong Learning Begins Here#

Classes are categorized by theme and full descriptions of each class can be found below. Click on the theme to explore the available options. Classes are appropriate for adults 18+.  Members receive 10 percent off registration.

All in-person classes include admission to The Gardens, including the Butterfly House.

Online registration is open until 24 hours before the class. Within 24 hours, please call our Guest Services team to register 970.416.2486.

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Beekeeping Serieshighlight_off

Post-Installation Hive Check-up#

queen bee

Now that your bees are in their hive, this class will look to see how well they are doing.  Participants will conduct a full hive inspection of the bee hives in The Gardens and will find the queen and verify growth. Participants should bring beekeeping gear.  This workshop will also include discussion on foraging, pollen and nectar stores and mite management.

Saturday, June 4  |  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  |  $18

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Beginning the Wind Down - Fall and Winter Management#

fall bee hives

The end of the summer will be here before we know it!  In this workshop, participants will test for mites, verify stores and discuss feeding options.  Did your bees produce excess honey?  We will discuss how to harvest and extract as well as preparing your hives for the winter. Participants should bring beekeeping gear. 

Saturday, August 20  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $18

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From the Garden to the Bottle: Growing Grapes and Hops#

hops

The best beers and wines start in the soil.  Learn from Gardens on Spring Creek Horticulturist Selena Kunze  how to grow, train, prune and harvest hops and grapes for home brewing.

Note: This class will start indoors and then finish with a visit to the grapes and hops growing at The Gardens.

Saturday, May 21  |  10:30 a.m. - Noon  |  $18

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From the Garden to the Bottle: Fermentation of Plant Materials#

fermentation

Join Scott Dorsch, Brewer, Agronomist and Co-owner and Travis Green, Winemaker and Co-owner with Odell Brewing Company as they explore the historical exploitation of the plant kingdom, taking a closer look into the original agri-business of creating fermented beverages.  Human beings and plant based fermented food products have evolved together over thousands of years.  Specific plants of interest will include grapes, malted barley and other cereal grains as well as hops and other bittering plants historically used in the production of wine and beer.

Note: This class will be lecture style, no alcohol will be consumed during the class.

Saturday, May 21  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Walking Garden Tree Tour#

catalpa trees

Rare, beautiful and interesting trees are growing at the Gardens on Spring Creek. Join Urban Forester Tim Buchanan on a morning walk through The Gardens to visit each tree and stop to learn all about their identification, culture and natural history.      

Note to students:  This is an outside class. Please wear appropriate shoes, hats, sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

Saturday, June 4  |  10:30 - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Notable Tree Bike Tour#

tree in City Park

Notable, historic and interesting trees are growing right under our noses in Fort Collins. Hop on your bike and join Urban Forester Tim Buchanan on a morning ride to visit each tree and stop to learn all about their identification, culture and natural history.                                          

Note to Students:  Students will provide their own bicycles, helmets and plan on riding about five miles on flat surfaces while obeying all traffic signals. The tour will begin and end at the Gardens on Spring Creek.

Saturday June 11  |  9:00 a.m. - Noon  | $18 Meet at The Gardens

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Wildflower Hikes#

Wildflower Hikes

Meet at our local natural areas for a guided hike lead by local botanists and Gardens on Spring Creek horticulturists on this evening walk through your local natural area. We will learn how to identify several local wildflowers and discover great ways to source and incorporate these plants into your home gardens.

Note to Participants: This class requires participants to be outside, on their feet for two and half hours, walking on uneven ground for two or two and a half miles with some elevation gain. More information on what to where and what to bring will be sent to participants once you register.

This program will occur in Bobcat Ridge or Reservoir Ridge Natural Areas but locations will be communicated with participants two weeks before each program depending on bloom conditions.

Thursday, June 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.  |  $25

Thursday, August 25  |  6 - 8 p.m.  |  $25

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Poetry in The Gardens Series#

garden poetry

Drawing on the remarkable beauty of the Gardens on Spring Creek, this workshop series will offer participants of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to take in the extraordinary beauty around them and turn their observations into powerful and vivid poems. Participants will join Jodie Hollander, Local Poet and International Teacher, to work either outside in nature (weather permitting) or inside in a classroom. These workshops are suitable for all ages and experience levels- please bring a notebook and pen or a laptop computer. No experience necessary.

   

Poetry of Place#

Saturday, April 30  |  9:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  |  $40

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Editing and Polishing#

Saturday, May 21  |  9:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  |  $40

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Summer Nature Writing#

Saturday, June 11  |  9:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  |  $40

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Urban Homesteading Classeshighlight_off

From the Garden to the Bottle: Growing Grapes and Hops#

hops

The best beers and wines start in the soil.  Learn from Gardens on Spring Creek Horticulturist Selena Kunze  how to grow, train, prune and harvest hops and grapes for home brewing.

Note: This class will start indoors and then finish with a visit to the grapes and hops growing at The Gardens.

Saturday, May 21  |  10:30 a.m. - Noon  |  $18

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From the Garden to the Bottle: Fermentation of Plant Materials#

fermentation

Join Scott Dorsch, Brewer, Agronomist and Co-owner and Travis Green, Winemaker and Co-owner with Odell Brewing Company as they explore the historical exploitation of the plant kingdom, taking a closer look into the original agri-business of creating fermented beverages.  Human beings and plant based fermented food products have evolved together over thousands of years.  Specific plants of interest will include grapes, malted barley and other cereal grains as well as hops and other bittering plants historically used in the production of wine and beer.

Note: This is a lecture style class, Alcohol will not be consumed during the class.

Saturday, May 21  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Watercolor Journaling Series#

Watercolor Journaling Series

Join Karen Ramsay, Watercolor Artist and Instructor as she leads students in filling their watercolor sketchbooks during the different seasons at The Gardens.  Students need to be familiar with watercolor as this is not a beginning class.

This series is perfect for the:

  • Journal-keepers who want to add illustrations to their writing
  • Artists who want to fill their sketchbooks
  • Gardeners and naturalists who want to learn about the world around them
  • Travelers who want to record their journeys

Through instruction, demonstrations and free exploration time, students will be able to capture the beauty The Gardens offers.

Note to students:  For courses in this series, students will need to purchase their own materials.  A material list will be provided upon registration.  Classes will be outdoors, as weather allows and with limited capacity to allow for social distancing.  For outside classes, please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

Cactus Blooms#

Saturday, June 25  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Midsummer Gardens#

Saturday, July 23 |  9:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Late Summer Gardens#

Saturday, August 20  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Wellness Classeshighlight_off

Yoga and Tai Chi in The Gardens#

people doing yoga

Embrace the natural setting of our botanical gardens with weekly tai chi and yoga classes.

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Forest Bathing#

forest bathing

You are invited to experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Join Maria Fenty. A.A.S, C.M.T., Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Nature and BodyWork Therapies for a quiet, slow paced, contemplative walk integrating gratitude, individual reflection and creative group process. The Guide opens the door, the Forest is the therapist.

Note to Students:  We will walk through the Garden during this class please wear appropriate shoes and / or clothing. Paths are ADA accessible. Wavier must be signed by all participants.

Saturday, June 4  |  1:00- 3:00 p.m.  |  $18

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Inner Awakening Spring Workshop#

spring flowers

Spring is a time for blooming, growth and re-birth. Surrounded by the beautiful gardens, this workshop is designed to awaken the body, breath and spirit through yoga, breath work, meditation and journaling. Get ready to shed past limiting beliefs...the best version of your life is waiting to bloom. Each participant will receive a goodie bag full of items to support your wellness from instructors Celine Burgett and Amanda Shannon. 

Awaken possibilities, start a new path, connect with self, invite a breakthrough, invite creativity, manifest in your life, remove limits, celebrate life, celebrate nature and just be. 

Note to Students: Please wear comfortable clothes for practice indoors and out, bring a yoga mat, blanket, water bottle and yoga props if you use them.

Saturday, June 4  |  9:30 a.m. - Noon  |  $45

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Walking Garden Tree Tour#

catalpa trees

Rare, beautiful and interesting trees are growing at the Gardens on Spring Creek. Join Urban Forester Tim Buchanan on a morning walk through The Gardens to visit each tree and stop to learn all about their identification, culture and natural history.      

Note to students:  This is an outside class. Please wear appropriate shoes, hats, sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

Saturday, June 4  |  10:30 - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Notable Tree Bike Tour#

tree in City Park

Notable, historic and interesting trees are growing right under our noses in Fort Collins. Hop on your bike and join Urban Forester Tim Buchanan on a morning ride to visit each tree and stop to learn all about their identification, culture and natural history.                                          

Note to Students:  Students will provide their own bicycles, helmets and plan on riding about five miles on flat surfaces while obeying all traffic signals. The tour will begin and end at the Gardens on Spring Creek.

Saturday June 11  |  9:00 a.m. - Noon  | $18 Meet at The Gardens

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