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All visitors - including Members - are required to reserve admissions tickets for a specific date and time prior to arriving at The Gardens. We need your cooperation to ensure that we can successfully reopen in a way that helps ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. Visit the admissions page for ticketing information.

Do not plan to visit The Gardens if you have a cough or fever. All visitors are required to follow City of Fort Collins mask protocols. Please practice social distancing – staying at least six feet away from staff, volunteers and visitors not in your party.

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School Tours

Let's Dig into Science!

Spring schedule is full - Now scheduling for Fall 2020!

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

Groups are welcome to stay and play or have lunch in the Children’s Garden after their tour. Groups are not permitted to enter the Butterfly House after their tour.

Fees:  $5 per student for most tours (Soil to Snack tour is $7 per student to cover food costs).  Scholarships are available for schools who have 40% or greater Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility (as cited by the Colorado Department of Education or the Wyoming State Board of Education for the previous school year).

Chaperones:  To provide the best experience for your students and for the safety of all visitors, we require a 1:5 ratio of chaperones to students.  If you meet or exceed the 1:5 chaperone ratio, chaperones will receive free admission.  If you do not meet the 1:5 chaperone ratio, ALL chaperones will pay the adult general admission rate.

Please note:  The Gardens' staff requires at least two weeks advance notice to book a field trip.  The Gardens are able to accommodate 75 youth per field trip. To begin the scheduling process, please contact Ashley Young at 970.416.2491 or send an email to YXlvdW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

Schedule and Tour Offerings

April 1-October 31, 2020

Garden Tours
- without Butterfly House Station
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 or 9:30 a.m. start time

Garden and Butterfly Tours
- with Butterfly House Station
Tuesday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. start time

Tour Offerings:
Sensory Garden Tour
Plant-astic Scientists
Pollinators Among Us
Native Plants
Soil to Snack
Bee-Empathetic (HS Friday only)

Tour Offerings:
Sensory Garden Tour
Wacky and Wonderful Plants
Pollinators Among Us
Bountiful Butterflies
Taking Flight

February 1, 2020 - March 30, 2021  

Winter Butterfly Tour with Butterfly House Station
9:00 a.m. start time
Limited to 30 students plus chaperones
Indoor tour unless weather is nice


Tour Offerings:
Sensory Garden Tour
Bountiful Butterflies
Taking Flight



Bring The Gardens to your classroom

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.

PSD 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.