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. Beginning Thursday, June 11 Yoga on the Green will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 – 10 am throughout the summer, weather permitting.  Meet on the Green.  The site mitigation plan limits participation to 63 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Participants are asked to wear a face covering and space mats at least 6 feet apart. 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, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. 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. Overflow parking exists on Ski Town Way. 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.

Lulie Crawford’s Wildflowers and Watercolors. As a tribute to local pioneer artist Lulie Crawford, the Tread of Pioneers Museum shares the story of Lulie and her pioneering family, followed by watercolor instruction with a professional artist. Then the program participants paint their own wildflower watercolor masterpieces, just like Lulie! The program is free and participants should meet at the large umbrella in the center of the Park. All painting supplies are provided by the museum, and reservations are not required. Ages six and up with caregiver onsite. Limited to 8 participants, first come, first served. Tuesday 6/16/2020 11:30 am / Monday 7/20/2020 10:00 am / Wednesday 8/5/2020 11:30 am. Learn More.

Music on the Green. The Yampa River Botanic Park is pleased to partner with Strings Music Festival to offer this free summer series. Every other Friday morning beginning July 17, music lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy these outdoor concerts in one of Steamboat’s premier botanical garden.

2020 reserved seating capacity on the green is very limited! Admission is free but tickets are required: register online to reserve your space.

Registration begins at 10:00 am MDT Wednesday the week of each event.
Individuals may RSVP for 1 group, up to 4 people, to be seated together.
All attendees must agree to comply with state, county, and local guidelines.
Other areas of park remain open to public during concert with 6-foot social distancing.

Please see the calendar of events for details for each performance.

Glow in the Park.  Is unfortunately cancelled for 2020.

Photographic Roadmaps: Using Leading Lines to Guide the Viewer. Award-winning photographer Jim Steinberg will broadcast a photography lesson from inside the Botanic Park on Wednesday, August 19 at 8:30 am. Watch live on Facebook — this is a unique opportunity to see Jim’s process and to ask questions with a professional photographer. Jim will cover how to use strong leading lines in a photo to provide a roadmap for your viewer. This fundamental photography concept will allow you to create photos that look great in print and online. After the lesson, practice these concepts around the Botanic Park. Use the hashtag #photographicroadmaps and #yampariverbotanicpark to be featured on Jim’s Facebook page and by the Yampa River Botanic Park. We can’t wait to see your photos!

Ukes on the Green: Ukulele Jam. The Steamboat Uke Jammers Club is partnering with the Park to say, “goodbye Zoom,” and come together to jam in person. Not to worry, The Green has plenty of room for social distancing and it is in a setting that would make anyone want to play the ukulele and sing along. All levels, and even musicians who play a different instrument, are welcome. Suitable for ages 12 and up. 

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.