Mission and Goals

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.”


― Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist

Mission, Vision & Goals


“To deepen understanding and promote conservation of alpine plants and fragile mountain environments.”



“To be an internationally acclaimed botanic garden for alpine horticulture, education and conservation”


Strategic Goals:

  • Dramatically expand our educational reach through innovative exhibits, programs, interpretation, and electronic media.
  • Develop and maintain a garden with the most diverse, best curated, and most aesthetic displays of alpine and mountain plants in the world. 
  • Expand our conservation program on alpine, sub-alpine, and similar environments and plants.
  • Create strong support within the Vail Valley community so people value and support Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
  • Create a strong and sustainable organization.