Programs and Events

Due to the generosity of our donors and community partners, most programs and events in the Park are free. See our event calendar for more information. Due to COVID-19 all activities and programs are subject to cancellation and will follow the public health order.

Guided Walking Tours of the Botanic Park.  May 20 through September. Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 to 11:30. Meet at the Main Gate on the Botanic Walk.  Free. Preregistration is required, limiting groups to less than 10 participants. Please bring a face mask.

Socially Distant Gardening.  Wednesdays May 20 through mid September, 2 shifts either 9 – 10:30 am or 10:30 am – 12 pm.  Weather permitting.  Bring a face mask, hat, gloves, sunscreen, and water.  Meet at the Shed. Preregistration is required, limiting groups to less than 10 participants.

Yoga on the Green.   Is currently on hold due to the public health order limiting gatherings to 10 people. Stay tuned for when we can open it up again on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 – 10 am throughout the summer.  Public health order and weather permitting.  Meet on the Green.  Practicing on the Park Green is unlike any class you’ve ever taken. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, delicate gardens and serene pond, you’ll find the peace and stillness is unmatched in the Botanic Park. Please bring a face mask, mat or towel, and water. Please walk, bike, or carpool to yoga whenever possible as we have limited parking. If you drive, you must park in designated Botanic Park parking spaces.  A $10 donation is requested and all donations go directly to support the Botanic park.  For info call/text Patty 970-846-5608.  Patty is a Certified Chopra Center Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and Educator, Meditation teacher, Nia Instructor and former Thai Yoga Massage Bodyworker.

Storytime. Is unfortunately cancelled for 2020.

Fairy Garden House Contest.  Children create fairy garden houses and enter them into the contest for a chance to win fun prizes.  The houses are on display in the Fairy Garden throughout the summer.  June 12, 12 pm.  Meet in the Fairy Garden.  Free. Contest Rules and Guidelines:

  • Open to children of all ages; one of the builders must be under 12 years of age.
  • All natural materials, i.e. wood, stone, sand, etc.  No plastic.
  • Designs must be no larger than 18 inches square, 12 inches high.
  • All themes welcome.  Western, Eastern, Asian, etc.  Please no religious or political themes.
  • Entries are due no later than June 11, 2020.
  • Entries will be judged by the Yampa River Botanic Park Design Committee.
  • Winners will receive a membership to the Yampa River Botanic Park and special prizes.
  • Judging will take place Friday June 12, 12 pm.

Music on the Green. Is unfortunately cancelled for 2020.

Piknik Theatre Festival.  Since 2010 local theater group, Piknik Theater performs live theatre in the gardens. New Zealand and Steamboat Springs come together to take theatre out of the box, build international cultural exchange, and bring live theater to the Steamboat Springs community on summer evenings. The local theater group, Piknik Theater, under the direction of Stuart Handloff, joins forces with a group of graduates and acting students from New Zealand’s dramatic conservatories.  Piknik Theater continues the tradition of the Great American Laughing Stock Company, which has brought live theater to the Valley for over 40 years. Its shows have ranged from the family to the fantastical. GALSCO has been Steamboat Springs repertory theatre company producing shows ranging from the family to the fantastical. July 27 – 30 and August 3 – 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Meet on the Green.  Bring a blanket and picnic. Free

Glow in the Park.  The night of a full moon and the only event held in the evening in the Botanic Park, guests decorate paper lanterns with wishes and sentiments.  Lanterns are illuminated and sail across Peter’s Pond.  Also enjoy light refreshments and a cash wine bar.  A silent auction offers opportunities to bid on art created in the Park.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp and bug spray.  August 2, 6:30 pm.  Meet by Peter’s Pond.  Donations requested for lanterns.  All new members in 2020 receive a complimentary lantern.

Annual Meeting and Celebration.  A Members Only event, the Board of Directors conducts the annual business of the Association and celebrates its members, donors, and volunteers.  A catered buffet and wine is served.  Also features Members Only hours for the Fall Bulb & Peony Benefit.  By invitation only.  September 13, 4 – 7 pm. 

Fall Bulb & Peony Benefit.  Features a selection of unique and remarkable bulbs that thrive in the Yampa River Valley including tulips, species tulips, daffodils, muscari, snowdrops, daylilies, and peonies.  Hard to find varieties chosen for form, color, and fragrance.  Take them home and plant them in the garden before the snow flies.  Members Only Hours September 13, 4 – 7 pm.  Open to the public September 14 – 18, 8 am – 4 pm.  Trillium House.