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Learning to grow at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers free programs for children this summer. Their extensive, high-alpine gardens are also free for strolling and picnicking.
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As summer makes its way into the Rocky Mountains, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is excited to begin another season of education and exploration. From a self-guided treasure hunts to structured activities, the Gardens is suited for all ages.

The Gardens “Learn and Grow” program takes place Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon until Aug. 15. The drop-in activities are held in the Children’s Garden amphitheater and designed for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Weekly themes engage children to better understand our natural environment and include “The Power of Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees, and Humming Birds,” “Dig it! The Secrets of Soil” and “Discovering Watersheds”

In addition to the supervised activities, the Gardens’ Discovery Cart is available with observation containers, bug nets, and craft supplies for children to explore, discover and create.

New this year is the “Nature Treasure Hunt: Letterboxing in the Gardens.” The hunt occupies young minds and bodies providing a labyrinth of learning throughout the Gardens. Instructions and activity sheets are available beginning next Saturday at the Schoolhouse Gift Shop, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The treasure hunt is suitable for both readers and non-readers.

On Tuesdays June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers Fairy Garden’s workshops. Children’s imaginations run wild while they create an enchanting miniature fairy garden. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, located in the heart of Ford Park, is the highest botanical garden in North America providing free access to an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. The Gardens is free and open to the public from dawn until dusk throughout the year. In addition to its youth programs, the Gardens engage adults through culinary, athletic and wellness programs. A $5 donation is appreciated.

A complete list of activities and events is available at http://www.betty fordalpinegardens.org or call 970-376-1389. The nonprofit organization’s operations and programs are funded entirely through the generosity of donors including Alpine Bank and Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate.

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