The Yampa River Botanic Park operates due to the generous contributions from members, donors, sponsors, and grants. The Botanic Park is an innovative, perhaps unique, experiment in the private/public development and maintenance of a public botanical garden. The land was donated to the City of Steamboat Springs in 1992 by founders Bob and Audrey Enever. The Botanic Park is managed by an Association and receives no public money. The City of Steamboat Springs supports the park in many nonmonetary ways. Your gift to the Park is a gift to the community and its guests. The opportunity to enjoy gardens, birds, animals, programs, events, and performances at no cost. All contributions are tax deductible.
Yampa River Botanic Park Members receive the following benefits:
- Personalized membership card
- Park sticker
- Discounts on special events
- Subscription to and recognized in the newsletter
- Tour offering to see the native Trillium bloom
- One complimentary lantern at Glow in the Park for new members
- Annual Meeting/Report Celebration with a catered buffet and wine
- Member’s Only hours at the Fall Bulb & Peony Benefit
- Reserve facilities
- As a member of the Yampa River Botanic Park, members enjoy benefits of The American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program which offers free admission and/or additional benefits at over 320 gardens throughout North America, including the Denver Botanic Gardens. Click here for a complete list of reciprocal gardens: https://ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/rap/
- The Americans Public Gardens Association offers our new members to select either a Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart Living magazine for a complimentary one-year subscription.
Individual – $40
Family – $60
Business – $100
Or mail a check to:
Yampa River Botanic Park
PO Box 776269
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Donations at a Leadership Level offer the opportunity for a memorial, honorarium, or tribute.
Leadership Giving Levels:
Columbine – $100
Trillium – $250
Sunflower – $500
Shooting Star – $1,000
Sego Lily – $2,000
Forget-Me-Not – $5,000
Penstemon $10,000 +
You may be able to double your donation if your employer has a matching gift program. Many employers will match donations dollar-for-dollar and sometimes make contributions for volunteer hours contributed to an organization. And in some cases, this applies to retirees as well. Inquire with your employer and if you have a matching gift program, please contact the Botanic Park office to learn how to double your donation!
Yampa River Botanic Park has many opportunities for giving and for acknowledging loved ones.
Bench Sponsorship. Most benches in the Botanic Park are sponsored. There is the opportunity to sponsor the five remaining benches in the Amphitheater in the Children’s Garden. These durable, re-cycled plastic benches are available for sponsorship at $5,000 each. A brass plaque with your name and a message will be placed on the bench for ten years.
Annual Garden Sponsorships cover the maintenance of a specific garden for one season. The garden you choose will have a sign with your name. The cost is $900 per year and includes annual membership. Please contact the office to learn which gardens are available.
Tree and Shrub Sponsorships are available for the existing trees and shrubs at the Park. The cost varies from $300 – $2,000. A small (3” x 1.5”) tag is placed on the tree or shrub for the life of the tree. Gayle Lehman, Lead Horticulturist, will schedule a Park walk to help you pick the perfect tree or shrub.
An Endowment Fund has been established at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. If you are interested in contributing to the long term sustainability of the Park, please contact Jennifer MacNeil, Executive Director. There is also a Capital Development fund used only to upgrade or redesign gardens and to provide capital improvement for the Park.
For more information about giving opportunities, please call the Botanic Park’s office at 970-846-5172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Botanic Park is eager to work with local businesses to help grow the Park and in return, provide exposure to the thousands of visitors to the Park each year. Additional giving opportunities are available for corporate sponsors to sponsor a program or event including the Fairy Garden House Contest, Speaker Series, and Glow in the Park.
Sponsors receive recognition including:
- Featured as a sponsor on our website and social media channels
- Your logo featured in all print publications including newspaper ads and fliers around town
- Listed as a sponsor on all event signage
- Listed as a donor in the Newsletter distributed to all of our members
To learn more and get involved please contact Jennifer MacNeil, Executive Director.
Give back through your gift of time. The Park offers many opportunities to volunteer, even if you have a black thumb! And especially if you want to learn how to have a green thumb.
Social Gardening will now become Socially Distant Gardening. We have created shifts for those that want to help in the gardens, limited to no more than 10 volunteers at a time. Volunteers must pre-register online here. Volunteers are asked to bring a face covering and their own tools as to not cross contaminate with employee tools. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.
Wednesdays starting May 20.9 – 10:30 am OR 10:30 am – 12 pm
Sponsor a garden with your time. There are a number of gardens within the Park where sponsorship is covered by 100% volunteer maintenance. A sponsor must commit to, at minimum, weekly maintenance of a garden to a standard established by the Horticulture Committee in order to maintain sponsorship. Sponsors are recognized with a sign at your garden and in our newsletter.
The Board welcomes volunteers to serve on the following committees: Horticulture, Facilities, Development, and Marketing & Communications. To learn more, please contact Jennifer MacNeil, Executive Director.
What We Do With Your Donations
The Botanic Park is open from early May to late October, daily, and no admission is charged.
Most programs and events in the Park are free to visitors thanks to contributions and community partnerships.
We educate the community about plants that thrive in the challenging environment of the Yampa Valley. Most plants are labeled with scientific and common names.
Each summer one or two gardens are re-designed and replanted, as well as improvements made to the infrastructure. These projects are paid for by grants and capital development funds, supported by members.