Meet the Park
Have the classroom come alive for your students at Garden of the Gods!
Kindergarten--3rd graders. Meet the Park and learn about the animals and plants that live in the park’s unique terrain of prairie, foothills and mountains. This 2-hour program begins with a great slide show, fun hands-on activity and ends with a 45 minute, small group guided walk through the Central Garden. Addresses State Life Science Standard III, Benchmarks A & C and State Earth Science Standard IV.
3rd –6th Graders learn the Geology story of those gigantic red rock formations. This 2-hour program begins with a multimedia geology movie in the Gateway Theater and includes a living diorama play of how the Garden of the Gods Park was formed. The trip is climaxed with a unique 45 minute guided geology walk in the Central Garden. Addresses State Earth Science Standard IV, Benchmark A.
Call 219-0108 and schedule a morning or afternoon visit for Wednesday or Thursday. This program is presented September through May by Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff and volunteers. Cost per student is only $2. Maximum group size is 65.
Begin your child’s adventure filled day at Garden of the Gods Park with the Junior Ranger Program. Check at the Park Visitor Center information desk upon arrival to see how, together, you can make learning fun as well as memorable. If your child is 7-12 years of age and has an interest in all things outdoors, this will prove to be highlight of his or her visit to the Pikes Peak region. In 1 ½ - 2 hours, you can see your child recognized as having completed this Program and leave with not only a Junior Ranger badge and certificate, but also the feeling of time well spent and memories made! This minimal cost ($3.00) Program is partially funded by Friends of Garden of the Gods. Have the classroom come alive for your students at Garden of the Gods!
Step On Guides:
Tour groups can reserve the volunteer services of a step-on guide to join them on their private coach to enhance their tour of the Park
Guided Nature Walks:
Volunteers have the opportunity to conduct Nature Walks in the Garden of the Gods. Regularly scheduled walks are at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily and generally last from thirty to forty-five minutes. Additional walks can be at any other hour depending on the season and availability of volunteers. Although the content of the walks can be suited to each volunteer’s interests, they generally contain information on geology, animal and plant life, ecology and history. The many educational opportunities provided by the Parks Staff are excellent preparation for doing a nature walk. Contact the Parks Department Lead Interpreter if you are interested in conducting a Nature Walk.
Free nature presentations are presented daily at the Visitor & Nature Center. Time and topics vary. Call 219-0111 for current information.
We celebrate and honor Mother Earth on the 3rd Saturday of April. Volunteers clean up the Garden and visitors get up close and personal with falcons and wolves. The Sweet Water Plains Indian Dancers are regular performers.
Big Horn Sheep Day:
`Children’ of all ages use spotting scopes and binoculars to observe the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Park. Wildlife biologists share information about our local herds and teach visitors how to use radio-tracking collars. Join us in February to celebrate these magnificent animals!
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