Family and Children’s Programs

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the perfect place for families to spend time together discovering the natural world. There is an education center filled with self-guided activities themed to match changing exhibits. The Children’s Garden takes an imaginary tour past a beaver pond to the top of a mountain. It has a veggie garden with plants to touch and smell and a patch to dig and plant. A treasure hunt provides a tour of all the gardens have to offer.



Back to Nature Trail

A trail-head along Gore Creek next to the schoolhouse takes families back to nature. Follow the interpretive trail to discover about the plants and animals that live along the creek. Enjoy the sounds of the creek while connecting with the natural environment by making a fort or a willow tunnel, a picnic lunch or a good book.



Treasure Hunt (Summer)


A self-guided clue sheet with changing annual themes leads from letterbox to letterbox throughout the gardens. Pick up a sheet at the Education Center, stamp your card at each station, answer the mystery and get a prize.






Children's Garden & Veggie Garden (Summer)


We invite you to climb a mountain, walk by a beaver pond model, water some plants or get into the dirt with rakes and shovels. Children’s tools are available in the tool shed adjacent to the Schoolhouse.The Veggie Garden has plants for families to touch and smell and a patch to dig and plant.




School Groups 

Please contact our Education Director, Nanette at (970)476-0103 x7 or via email





Annual Butterfly Launch

2018 Date TBD


Butterflies in the Classroom Instructions (Downloadable PDF)


Online Classroom Quiz




  1. Click the link above. The link will take you to the  login page
  2. The ‘Game Code” when prompted is: 740998
  3. Enter your Classroom and School Name 
  4. Start Playing!


  • You may assign the quiz to students individually by giving them the “Game Code” or play in the classroom together
  • The quiz will be available until May 17th at 11:00PM


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What is Quizizz?

Quizizz is an online learning platform which allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages!