Nick Courtens Fund


Sharing his knowledge with the community was part of the vibrant fabric of Nick Courtens. To honor Nick, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens wants to name the community education program in his honor. This named series continues his legacy of inspiring the community about the environment. Donate in Nick’s Memory Here.

This fund will be invested and allow the Gardens to build and grow community education programs in his name. This fund allows these programs to be available at low cost to the community. Read the Vail Daily article that talks about the series here.

The community education programs will include things like workshops, lectures, and expert guests. This is a chance for community members and guests to build their knowledge and expand connections with each other, just like Nick was always doing, sharing his knowledge and creating community wherever he went.

This year there are two events scheduled in the Nick Courtens series: 

Exploring the South Island of New Zealand: Nick Courtens Series


From subalpine scree to temperate rainforest, explore the fascinating plant evolution and human influence on one of the most biodiverse archipelagos in the world. This event is underwritten by the Nick Courtens Fund.

Read more and register here.


Creating an Herb Container Garden: Nick Courtens Series


Join Fourth Street Farm to learn how to create your own herb container garden. This event is underwritten by the Nick Courtens Fund.

Read more and register here.



Donate in Nick’s Memory Here.

Checks can be mailed to: 

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens | 522 South Frontage Road East | Vail, CO 81657

*Write Nick’s name in the letter or on the check

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