Family and Children’s Programs


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the perfect place for families to spend time together discovering the natural world.

The Education Center is 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 also has a vegetable and herb 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.

Summer 2019 Events & Activities (PDF)


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, answer the mystery and get a prize.
Children's Garden & Veggie Garden (Summer)
We invite you to climb a mountain, step through the  beaver pond, follow the footprint to find the animal, view the Gore Creek watershed, or get into the sand pit. Sandpit tools are available in the tool shed adjacent to the Schoolhouse.The Veggie and Herb Garden has plants for families to touch and smell.
New this year ‘Betty’s market’ a farmers market for kids. Open daily.
School Groups
Please contact our Education Director, Nanette at (970)476-0103 x7 or via email


Annual Butterfly Launch
May 23, 2019 in Ford Park Lower Bench (next to Playground)
 3rd graders throughout Eagle County will release painted lady butterflies they have raised in their classrooms.
Butterflies in the Classroom Instructions (Downloadable PDF)