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The Gardens on Spring Creek has been working closely with the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic through social distancing measures and capped attendance. All visitors - including Members - are required to reserve admissions tickets for a specific date and time prior to arriving at The Gardens. Visit the admissions page for ticketing information.

Visit The Gardens COVID-19 guidelines page to review all of our COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

School Tours

Let's Dig into Science!

Bring your Pod to the Gardens!

The Gardens on Spring Creek is a beautiful setting to dig into life science education.  We offer hands-on tours for all grades that are unique, interactive and standards based.  Each program brings a different lens to the beautiful landscapes and animals at The Gardens.  Planting activities are included with each lesson.

Groups are welcome to stay, play and have lunch in the Children’s Garden after their tour. 

Fees:  Includes admission to The Gardens and Butterfly House for the day.

  • Adult: $11
  • Child (2 - 17 yrs.): $10
  • Members $5

Groups: Groups must be between 5-10 people

Chaperones:  To provide the best experience for your students, we require at least one adult with each group. 

Scheduling: Tours are two hours and offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. The Gardens' staff requires at least two weeks advance notice to book a field trip. 

COVID-19: All tours have been structured to provide a safe learning environment and face coverings must be worn at all times.

To begin the scheduling process, please contact our Education Coordinator, Ashley Young, at 970.416.2491 or send an email to YXlvdW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

Schedule and Tour Offerings

Sensory Tour

Plant-astic Scientists

Wacky & Wonderful World of Plants

Pollinators Among Us

Native Plants

Bountiful Butterflies

Taking Flight

Pre-K - 
Kindergarten

Kindergarten
- Third Grade

Third Grade -
Fifth Grade

Second Grade
- Fifth Grade

Second Grade
- Fourth Grade

Kindergarten - Second Grade

Third Grade
- Fifth Grade

For tour descriptions and specific learning standards see our full Tour Offering Guide. Please disregard information for scheduling and pricing for school tour programming.

Bring The Gardens to You

Virtual Tours and Programming

Check out our interactive virtual programming for pre-k through high school! Each tour is paired with take home programming to support teachers, homeschool groups and scout leaders. If you are interested in requesting these resources, please fill out the request form and we will be in touch.

Bee Empathetic Kit

Explore the wonderful world of bees and their important job as pollinators. Packed full of engaging, fun and hands-on activities, this bee-themed kit brings together STEM and social emotional learning to facilitate standards based education for elementary students. Cost: $50 refundable deposit.

Tree Trunks

Filled to the brim with activities and materials for all ages, these arbor-themed kits are a collaborative project made possible by Society of American Foresters, the Gardens on Spring Creek, Front Range Community College, Colorado State Forest Service and US Forest Service.  Trunks are available for elementary school and middle school to adult.  Cost: $50 refundable deposit.

Poudre School District Environmental Learning Kits

Our Pollinators Among Us tour can be translated to your classroom with ease. All the lessons and materials are available through the PSD EE Kits.