The Garden of the Gods Junior Ranger program is open to children ages 7 to 12.

 

Junior Ranger candidates can acquire a fun-filled activity booklet for $2.00 at the information desk in the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

 

Upon completion of the booklet, they will be introduced to our visitors over the PA system as our newest Junior Ranger.

 

The child will also receive a badge and certificate for no additional charge.

 

Plan 1-2 hours to complete the activities.

Join us for a fun, educational field trip in the majestic Garden of the Gods Park.

  • Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year begins August 1, 2017
  • All field trip programs align with Colorado State Academic Standards for Physical, Earth and Life Sciences as well as National STEM Standards for Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Earth’s Systems, and Earth and Human Activity.
  • Field trips run Tuesday thru Thursday 9:30-11:30 AM or 12:00-2:00 PM.
  • Programs begin September 26, 2017 and end May 10, 2018
  • We follow Colorado Springs School District 11 schedule for Holiday and Spring Break closures. There are no programs offered in January and February.

Home Schools: 

We offer a dedicated home school week!  All three of our K-6 programs are available March 21-23, 2018.  Registration is first-come, first-served starting August 1st, 2017.  Group size is a minimum of 20 students. Normal scheduling and tuition rates apply.

We Offer New High School Programs!

See details below on our new educational adventures for students grades 9-12.

 

Geology of the Garden of the Gods Park
Grades K-6
Group size: 20-60 students

"A great program!" - Angela H., Carver Elementary 
"The energy your staff brought to it was awesome!" - Kristina K., Colorado Springs Charter Academy

Experience the unique geological majesty of the Garden of the Gods! Your field trip will cover rock types, fossils, geological processes, rock layers and formations experienced in the Park. The program begins inside the newly renovated Visitor and Nature Center with hands-on activities in our geology gallery. Grades 4-6 have the option to enjoy a 15-minute film How Did Those Red Rocks Get There? instead of the hands-on elements.  Students are then led on a 45-minute walking adventure in our Central Garden to experience the power and wonder of geology firsthand.

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click Here to Download "Teacher's Geology of the Park" Packet

 

Meet the Park
Grades K-6
Group size: 20-60 students

"You did an exceptional job presenting information, offering hands-on experiences, and providing high interest materials. Thank you!" - Angela H., Mountain View Elementary

Learn how our Garden is a crossroads of plants and animals from six different ecosystems. Students will explore the interdependence of the Park’s animal and plant life. Field trips begin inside the Visitor and Nature Center with hands-on activities including our Flora and Fauna gallery, games and interactive touch tables. The program then moves outdoors for a 45-minute guided walking expedition through our Central Garden where the kids can experience the natural wonder of the Park firsthand.

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click Here to Download "Teacher's Meet the Park" Packet

 

Explore the Park
Grades K-6
Group size: 20-60 students

Students explore the Central Garden for a full hour! This is a less structured, more in-depth outdoor experience covering the geology, ecology, and history of the Park at the appropriate grade level. Field trips begin in the North Main Parking Lot at the trailhead for the Perkins Central Garden Trail. This adventure will take your students to parts of the Park not seen on our other field trips. There is no indoor portion for this trip. Your entire visit is spent in the Park!

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click Here to Download "Teacher's Explore the Park" Packet

 

NEW!!    Garden of the Gods Geology:
Grades 9-12
Group size: up to 30 students

Students enjoy two hours on a guided exploration of the Park's geology.  Witness the massive forces that shaped and continue to shape the Front Range.  Experience evidence of ancient seas, deserts, mountains, and glaciers.  Discover how scientists use rock and soil to answer questions about the past and address current environmental concerns.  Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking.  Students will come away with a greater appreciation of the Park, the science of geology and its relevance in today's world.

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Packet Coming Soon!

 

New!! Garden of the Gods Ecology:
Grades 9-12
Group size: up to 30 students

Take an immersive, two-hour hike through the Park's biodiversity. Experience our six ecosystems coexisting in the Garden's compact topography. Learn how area plants and animals have adapted to thrive in the Park's climate, elevation, and soil. Delve into the effects of human impact on the natural world and explore ideas for future care of the Park. Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking.

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Packet Coming Soon!

 

New!! Garden of the Gods History:
Grades 9-12
Group size: up to 30 students

Experience the Park through the eyes of ancient peoples, the Ute, explorers, prospectors, pioneers, and modern Coloradans. Learn how the Park has been used throughout the centuries, what attracted people here, who some of these colorful individuals were, and how the Park we enjoy came to be. Students will visit several historic sites throughout the Garden. Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking.

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Packet Coming Soon!

Summer

8:00 am – 7:00 pm (grill hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm) (Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day)

Winter

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (grill hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Hours are subject to change depending on weather.

 

There is no place at the Visitor & Nature Center for you to bring in your own food.

Picnic areas are available in the Park.

 

CLICK HERE for menu for the Café at the Garden.

 

CLICK HERE for our Group Tour Café Experience.

Groups of 20 or more can order in advance and enjoy our catered or box lunches.