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  • M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun: noon–5 p.m.
  • M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun: Closed

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  • M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun: noon–5 p.m.
  • M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun: Closed

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Let's Dig into Science!

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 relevant, cross-curricular, inquiry-based and align with Colorado Academic Standards. Each program brings a different lens for students to explore their relationship and knowledge of the natural world.

Each program includes a planting activity for students to take home. Cost is $4 per student.

The Gardens strives to make garden education available to all students. We offer scholarships for all students eligible for Free & Reduced lunch. If you are looking for additional support for entrance fees or buses, visit Poudre Heritage Alliance to see if your school is eligible to apply for a field trip grant.

Tours are offered April 1 through October 31:
Monday: 12 p.m.
Tuesday: 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. 
Thursday: 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. 
Friday: 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. 

To reserve your tour time, please complete and submit our School Intake Form.

The Gardens' staff requires at least two weeks advance notice to book a field trip. The Gardens are able to accommodate 70 youth per field trip. We request one adult chaperone for every 15 youth. There is no charge for adult chaperones.


Available Tours

Gardens and Natural Areas Combined Tour

Gardens and Natural Areas Combined Tour

This tour takes place at the Gardens on Spring Creek and features Natural Areas Plants Give Us Gifts and Hitch-hiking with a Green Thumb plus Gardens on Spring Creek Seeds We Eat and Exploring Seeds hands-on learning activities.

Available on Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Includes a lunch break in the Children's Garden.

Available to first grade classes only.

1st Grade

  • Life Science: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
  • FOSS Grades 1 and 2 New Plants Module

Pollinators Among Us

Pollinators Among Us

90 minutes

Explore the Gardens and stick your nose in the flowers because we are looking for pollinators!

During this program, students put on their citizen science hats and study the role of pollinators in food production, the process of pollination, our local pollinators, and how we can help support pollinators at our homes.

Students will plant a plant to take home that benefits pollinators through the entire life cycle.

4th Grade

  • Life Science: All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified.
  • Life Science: There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.
  • FOSS Structures of Life Kit (Grades 3-4)

5th Grade

  • Life Science: All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions.
  • FOSS Environments (Grades 5-6)

6th Grade

  • Life Science: Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations and entire species.
  • FOSS Populations and Ecosystems (Grades 6-8)

 


Seed-centric Scientists

Seed-centric Scientists

90 minutes

Every wonder about seeds? How they work, what is inside, how they move and why they taste so good? Come explore seeds inside and out as you dissect, collect, categorize based on characteristics, and plant your very own seed.

Kindergarten

  • Life Science: Living things have characteristics and basic needs
  • Life Science: Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics

1st Grade

  • Life Science: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
  • FOSS Grades 1 and 2 New Plants Module

2nd Grade

  • Life Science: Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
  • FOSS Grades 1 and 2 New Plants Module

4th Grade

  • Life Science: All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified
  • Life Science: There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems
  • FOSS Grades 3 and 4 Structure of Life Module

Tree-mendous Treasure Hunt

Tree-mendous Treasure Hunt

90 minutes

Explore trees through this treasure hunt themed program. Students will travel from station to station to explore ecosystem history through the rings of trees, the gifts that trees give us, how a tree’s structure and the functions of their parts are just like us, and the mystery behind pine cones while their plant their very own tree seed.

Kindergarten

  • Life Science: Living things have characteristics and basic needs.
  • Life Science: Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics.
  • FOSS Kindergarten Trees and Wood Module

1st Grade

  • Life Science: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive

2nd Grade

  • Life Science: Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions

Plant-Palooza

Plant-Palooza

90 minutes

From the smallest seed to the tallest flower, plants feed us, clothe us, heal us and inspire us. How does something so small become so important?

Students will learn about the life cycle of a plant including how they make their own food. Then they will put their skills to the test as be plant professors, teaching their friends about a new plant and horticulturists as they plant their very own plant to take home.

1st Grade

  • Life Science: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
  • FOSS Grades 1 and 2 New Plants Module

2nd Grade

  • Life Science: Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
  • FOSS Grades 1 and 2 New Plants Module

3rd Grade

  • Life Science: The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species

4th Grade:

  • Life Science: There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems
  • FOSS Grades 3 and 4 Structure of Life Module

5th Grade

  • Life Science: All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions

Sensory Garden Tour

Sensory Garden Tour

60 minutes

Put on your bee and butterfly wings and travel around our Garden exploring the sights, sounds, textures, smells and colors of the Garden.

Geared for the younger learner, this program is hands on, fast paced and fun with a focus on observation and exploration. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss plant needs and plant their very own seed to take home.

Pre-K:

  • Life Science: Living things have characteristics and basic needs; Living things develop in predictable patterns.

Kindergarten:

  • Life Science: Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics.

1st Grade:

  • Life Science: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.