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Out of an abundance of caution, and to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, the City of Fort Collins is acting on direction from state leadership and public health partners and has closed all cultural facilities. We are working with state and local officials to determine a plan for reopening and will communicate details as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time.

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Children's Garden

kids playing in Children's Garden

Year Opened: 2006

Our first garden open to the public, the Children's Garden is filled with numerous inviting areas for curious kids to explore, discover and grow.  This area helps connect children and their families to nature, foster a “sense of place” and educate them about horticulture, botany and ecology.  Its themes of community, gardening and sustainability are found throughout the various features of the garden including the Friendship Growing Garden and Greenroof Shelter.

The Children's Garden actually features all areas of the entire Gardens, on a smaller scale suitable for youth learning, as well as a number of art installations.


  • Rock garden
  • Secret gardens and willow huts
  • Pond (with fish!) and bridge
  • Green roof shelter 
  • Giant watering can with active splash waterway 
  • Dr. Seuss playhouse and sandpit
  • Interactive Discovery Zone
  • Friendship Growing Garden raised beds
  • Miniature train garden
  • Animal footprint path
  • Annual flower beds and containers
  • Grassy area