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Winter Heritage Day

Learn what pioneer settlers did to prepare for Colorado’s long winters. See a working blacksmith demonstration and smell food being prepared on the wood stove.

Majestic View Travel Series: Alaska

See digital images of bears in Denali, Katmai and other National parks. Experience fly-fishing for rainbow trout, arctic char, and salmon. Presented by Bob Barber, professional wildlife photographer. Register online.

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

Attend the celebration of Colorado history, music and food featuring local chefs, tours and live music. Traditional Colorado dishes with regionally sourced ingredients are presented during this “strolling supper” on the farm. Participants can tour the organic vegetable and lavender fields, explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch house, and hear a talk on water conservation. This…

Chipotle Film Series: Polyfaces

See The Chipotle Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, which includes three films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. “PolyFaces” follows an Australian family who use their life savings to travel to the…

Fossils: Clues to the Past

See how fossils are studied and what things can be learned from them.

Meet the Woodpeckers: Downy and Hairy

Discover habits of woodpeckers through hands-on activities and learn where to look for them. Ages 5-10 with adult. Reservations required online.

Santa’s Village

Go on a hayride, see live reindeer, and more. Food and beverages may be purchased.

Telescope Nights

After dark. Come take a peek at the coolest celestial body in the sky.

Solar Eclipse Party

Celebrate this awe-inspiring with telescopes and live feeds from other U.S. total solar eclipse locations. Build your own eclipse viewer and watch a planetarium show. Included with admission.

Avian Arvada: Tucker Lake

Join Chip Clouse, former Education and Outreach Director for the American Birding Association, for a morning bird walk at Tucker Lake. Meet at West Woods Elementary School.

Homeschool Day: Art Exploration

Journey through art and nature while engaging in a garden-wide exploration of the Calder: Monumental exhibition. Explore how art and science work together and make a work of art inspired by the exhibition. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend. $12 child; one adult per child…

Understanding Essential Oils

Learn why some plants produce essential oils and how the oils are sourced and produced. $34, $29 member.

Drop in Discovery

Investigate the interactive natural world from the Nature Center with special crafts, games or activities. Register online.

Hunters Full Moon Hike

Leave those flashlights at home for this unique hiking adventure. No dogs, please. Register online. $2; park entrance fee waived.

Winter in the Tropics

See the Polynesian Princess visit Butterfly Pavilion in search of heroes ready to fulfill their destiny. Enjoy songs, glowing scorpions, and free-flying butterflies.

Gifts from the Herb Garden

Learn how to make healing calendula/lavender lip balm, ginger/rose hip honey, decadent chocolate chili clusters and an aromatic mulling mix for wine and cider. Recipes, light snacks and take home samples included. $54-$59.

Animal Adaptations

Learn why beaver’s feet are webbed, how coyotes can hide so well, and many more adaptations that allow animals to thrive in nature. Kids will also make an animal track plaster cast to take home. Children must be accompanied by adults. All ages must register for this class through the City of Westminster’s Activity Registration…

Weather and Climate Tours

Enjoy an informative view of weather and climate at a science laboratory and explore interactive exhibits.

After Nappers Club

Wed. Coincides with “After School Club." Let a naturalist guide kids through outdoor weekly activities and adventures. Hike at a toddler pace, use all five senses, and encourage exploration. Ages 2-4 with adult. Register online. $15 for 4 week session.

Preschool Fun with Animals

Learn about butterflies, frogs, raccoons and bears. Enjoy a glimpse into their worlds using books, stories, crafts, and games. Ages 3-6 years with adult. $18 for 4 week session.

Discovery Corner

Discover, design, doodle and more, in the museum’s new and improved play space in which children can touch real museum specimens.

Seedlings: Winter Greenhouse Gardens

Bring a little green indoors this winter creating a beautiful terrarium to take home.

Seedlings: The Alphabet Garden

Explore the alphabet while you wander your way through the world of plants. Discover the first letter of many plants and flowers. Ages vary by date.

Tropical Trails Tour

Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the rain forest as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. All ages. $14, $9 student, $7 member.

Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Summertime Fairies

10am-noon and 2-4pm. Create miniature lands for mystical garden friends. Discover what plants fairies prefer as you design, plant and landscape a tiny oasis for a fairy. Each child will create a container garden to take home. Family Workshops are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the beauty, diversity and…

Nature EdVentures – Introduction to Geocaching

Bring a smart phone and join a park ranger to search for hidden caches while discovering the Highlands Ranch Metro District parks and trails. Advance registration required. $10 Highlands Ranch resident, $12 nonresident.

Sunset on the Prairie

Enjoy a night out and get to know the prairie that is right outside your door in a whole new way. Take a wagon ride and enjoy one of the best views of the Front Range sunset as you learn about the short grass prairie ecosystem. Finish your night with s’mores around the campfire. Adults…

Family Workshop: Garden Garlands and Wreaths

10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm Take a nature walk through the Gardens and then use seeds, branches and greens to create a display of nature. Ages 5-10. $17 child, $15 member child, $12 adult, $10 member adult.

Family Workshop: Warm Winter Cocoa

10am-noon and 2-4pm. Follow the journey of a cacao bean and discover how chocolate is made. Make hot chocolate from scratch and take a hot chocolate mix home. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10. $17 child, $15 member child, $12 nonmember adult, $10 member adult.

Thorne Nature Fall Fest with Jeff & Paige

Celebrate the transition into fall on a BVSD in-service day with nature crafts, face-painting, nature explorations with Thorne staff, and music from Jeff & Paige. Light refreshments provided. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket. Ages 3-10. Reservations required online.

Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Mycology

Explore the similarities and differences between plants and fungi, investigate specimens from the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi and explore the active life of yeast. Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together.

The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Sat-Sun Sept. 16-Oct. 29, 12 and 3pm. Watch as Ms. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joanna Watson solve the mystery of a curse that dooms each Baskerville male to be hunted by a demon dog. A hiking play by Arts in the Open. Age 6 and up. $17-$20.

Winter Day Camps

Explore animal interactions, defense mechanisms, and extreme adaptations with hands-on activities. Reservation required.

Bilingual Yoga

Learn and practice Vinyasa yoga. $5 suggested donation.

Kindred Spirits: Day of the Dead

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with themed cocktails at Sacred Thistle – a flower and gift boutique - before going to the Gardens for a private tour of the La Calavera Catrina exhibit. Guests must be 21 years of age and capacity is limited.

Croquet in Bloom

Play in a family-friendly, summertime croquet tournament for the Denver Botanic Cup. Prizes will be awarded each month and the finalists of each month will be invited to play in the grand final tournament in September. $15 participant, $5 for spectator.

Jr. Survivor Challenge

Practice the outdoor skills needed to survive a natural disaster and become a Jr.Survivor. Register for this class through the City of Westminster’s Activity Registration Webpage. Ages 9-12. Class is limited to 10 spaces. $8.

Chipotle Film Series: Hanna Ranch

See three films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. $5.

Telescope Night at Lagniappe

After dark. Look for Naturalists from Majestic View Nature Center and Lookout Mountain Nature Center down in Olde Town near the water fountain to look at the stars.

Fall After School Garden Club

Learn how to make snacks with garden-fresh produce, explore the abundance of the garden harvest and celebrate the harvest season through community in the garden. Ages 4-11. $15 child. Discounted price of $50 is available when you register a child for all 4 classes in one series.

After School Club

Wed. Coincides with “After Nappers Club”: Enjoy fun, nature themed activities and exploration with a Majestic View naturalist. Participate in fun, hands-on learning. Ages 5-10. Register online at www.arvada.org/nature. $15 for 4 week session.

Naturalist Guided Night Hikes

Follow the trails of Lakewood's Bear Creek Lake Park and surrounding green spaces, led by a park naturalist guide. Registration required.

Literature of the Land Book Club

Read books with a specific nature theme every month. November's book is Ann Patchett’s novel “State of Wonder”.

International Sportsman’s Expo

Attend seminars on camping and offroading, and participate in a team casting contest.

La Calavera Catrina

Join Denver Botanic Gardens in celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with an exploration of the iconic and elegant female skeleton know as La Catrina.

Seedlings: Magnificent Mint

Discover the many uses of the mint plant in this sweet-smelling class. Age ranges vary by date.

Tropical Trails Tour

Dec. 2, 16 and 30, 2-3pm. Explore the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the tropics as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents. $14, $9 student, $7 member.

Panning for Gold

Learn about Colorado mining history and try your hand at panning for gold. Reservations required: 303-258-7332. Age 5 and up.

Family Day: Learning from Nature

Make observations about how structures and processes in nature solve problems. Meet CU Boulder students and community partners who are weaving together science, technology, engineering, art, and math to find innovative and sustainable solutions.

Now I See You, Now I Don’t

Learn all about one of nature's greatest defenses - camouflage. Ages 3-6. $5.