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Nature Nerds Family Club

Explore exciting nature topics with the whole family. Workshops typically take place the first Saturday of the month from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Upcoming 2020 Workshops

Saturday January 4, 10:30-12 – Snow Science

What’s the difference between snow, frost, and slush?  How can every snowflake possibly be unique? Discover the magic behind snow and even make your own snow in this blustery camp!

Takeaway: Paper snowflakes and DIY “snow”

Saturday February 1, 10:30-12 – Worm Composting

Worms are wonderful!  Join us as we learn about the role that worms and soil play for a healthy habitat, figure out how to compost at home, and take home our very own mini vermi-bins!

Takeaway: Small Compost Bin with Red Wiggler Worms

Saturday, March 7, 10:30-12 -   Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun   

In honor of Save a Spider Day (March 14), we will learn all about  the legend of grandmother spider, other spiders in mythology and folklore, discover why spiders make webs, get up-close and personal with live arachnid friends, and act out the entire play with your friends! We will also make the clay pot that grandmother spider creates in the tale.

Takeaway: Costume pieces and clay pots

Saturday, April 4, 10:30-12 -  Saturday, April 4, 10:30-12 - Birds and Bugs of Barr Lake 

Explore the animal habitats & wildlife of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Led by expert birders, we will see native birds, look for emerging bugs and plants, play fun outdoor games, hike through the gorgeous nature preserve, and end with a picnic lunch!

Light snacks & basic sandwich fixins' will be provided. Feel free to bring any additional lunch your family would like!

Takeaway: Colorado field guides

*This nature club will meet offsite at Barr Lake State Park, not at Butterfly Pavilion.


Saturday, May 2, 10:30-12 The Colors of Nature – Tie Dye Fun

See how many colors we can find in nature on a colorful hike and bring some white clothing items as we replicate these colors in a tie-dye extravaganza!

Takeaway: Tie dye clothing! (White bandannas will be provided, please feel free to bring other items for dyeing).

Saturday June 6, 10:30-12  Crawdads & Creekwalks

It's summer and our streams are teeming with life!  Prepare to get a little wet as we (safely) wade in big dry creek to look for aquatic insects, and find if there are any crawdads in our water feature!

Takeaway: Underwater viewer

*No nature club on July 4 – enjoy the holiday!*

Saturday August 1, 10:30-12: Butterflies at Chatfield Farms

Explore Butterfly Pavilion's native butterfly house at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield!  See the monarchs, painted ladies and other special plants and animals on a guided tour, then explore the farm for a fantastic summer morning.

Takeaway: Native flower seeds and butterfly guide

*Participants will meet offsite at DBG Chatfield - Transportation not provided. 

Saturday September 5, 10:30-12: Topic TBD

Saturday October 3, 10:30-12: Topic TBD

Saturday November 7, 10:30-12: Topic TBD

Saturday December 5, 10:30-12: Topic TBD


Members: $6 Adults, $4 Children (2 – 12)
Non-members: $14 Adults, $6 Children (2 – 12)
Includes admission to Butterfly Pavilion

Please note:

  • Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Nature Nerds Family Club workshops are best suited for families with children ages 4-10.
  • 30 person maximum per program.
  • Bringing a large group or have questions about ages? Call us at 720-974-1877 to see which tour can best accommodate you!
  • Programs are not eligible for senior discounts. Children under 2 years old are free of admission, but content is not well suited for this age range.

Questions about an upcoming nature club? Email Marissa at