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Gardens for All

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The Gardens on Spring Creek is committed to being a world-class botanical garden. We aim to serve our visitors in a welcoming, inclusive and accessible way. Our team is committed to evaluating and growing to respond to changing demographics and community needs.

In order to improve access, we developed our Gardens for All program funded by our donors and the City of Fort Collins. This program also builds on community partnerships to directly reach individuals and families in need.

For more information, please contact our Guest Services team at or 970.416.2486.

On-site Parking: Free parking is included in the lot off of Centre Avenue. Overflow parking is also available for special events.

Bicycle Transportation: Bike gates are available in front of the Visitor Center for general Gardens admission.  During summertime special events, the gate off of Spring Creek Trail is open with a larger amount of bike parking.

Public Transportation: The Gardens on Spring Creek is located just adjacent to a bus stop and the MAX line. The Gardens is also a direct stop off of the Spring Creek Trail.

Drop-Off Area and Parking: There is a drop-off area in front of the main entrance to The Gardens. We have four accessible parking spaces located nearest the main entrance for vehicles displaying disabled plates or placards.

Accessible Entrance: The main entrance and exit doors to The Gardens are equipped with push-button activation.

Restrooms: Men’s, women’s and family restrooms are located inside the Visitor Center, along with a water fountain and water bottle filling station.

Interior Garden Pathways: The main interior loop in The Gardens is a concrete pathway and is about 0.55 mile. This pathway is wheelchair accessible. All other pathways are graded appropriately for strollers and power mobility equipment.

Wheelchair Loan: The Gardens has a wheelchair that may be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge for use on-site. The wheelchair is manually operated and may not be taken off property. 

Service Animals: Animals individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability are welcome at The Gardens.

Nursing Friendly: A private room is available for nursing. Please ask at the front desk for access.

Ability Pass: For community members experiencing physical and developmental disabilities who would like to visit The Gardens with their caregiver, we have discounted admission with free admission for caregivers.

Community Partnerships: The Gardens partners with local non-profits to reach more members of the community who could benefit from accessing The Gardens, especially those experiencing hardship, including but not limited to poverty, physical and mental health, crisis, and economic instability. If you receive services from an area non-profit, ask if they are part of The Gardens on Spring Creek's Gardens for All program. If your organization would benefit, contact to see if you are eligible.

Library "All Access" Pass: The Gardens has partnered with Poudre River Public Library District , Eaton Public Library, Glenn A. Jones, M.D. Library , Longmont Public Library, Loveland Public Library, Riverside Library and Cultural Center and the Wellington Public Library to offer a Gardens "All Access" Pass that any library card holder can "check out" to access The Gardens on Spring Creek for free, just as they would a favorite book or movie.

Scholarships: Education programming and school field trip scholarships are available to qualified students of all ages. Funding for school field trips can be applied for during scheduling. Click here for more information.

SNAP Pass: For members of our community who are eligible for SNAP benefits, we invite you to visit The Gardens for a reduced fee of $1. Simply visit The Gardens and show your card to receive a $1 admission ticket or a $1 ticket to our community events, including Pumpkins on Parade and Garden of Lights. Please note that tickets are $1 per person for up to eight family members per benefit card.

Native Community Membership: The Gardens on Spring Creek provides free daily admission to the Gardens for any Tribal members, First Nations and Indigenous People. Just let the front desk know at check in that you are part of the Native Membership for free admission. 

Membership Scholarships:  Whether you want to explore the gardens on your own, attend a special event, take a class, or delight in the Butterfly House, membership is the best way to experience all The Gardens on Spring Creek has to offer. Scholarships are available to those who qualify. 

  • Requests will be processed based on the order they are received
  • All membership levels, Family Plus and below, are available 
  • Applicants will be notified about registration and eligibility within 2 weeks of submitting an application

Eligibility: If you qualify for a Colorado Peak program or other public assistance program, you may be eligible. We encourage you to fill out an application.

Click here for an application in English.
Click here for an application in Spanish.