The Bear Creek Garden Association sets aside five full-sized plots, of the 104 total plots in the garden, on which organic crops are grown and harvested by volunteer gardeners to provide tasty organic produce donations to: 

  • Care and Share
  • Colorado Senior Home
  • Marion Soup Kitchen
  • Spring Rescue Mission
  • Silver Key
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • and other worthy social service non-profits in the Pikes Peak Region

Also, each October, individual gardeners donate their corn stalks, which are bundled and sold to the general public, with the proceeds used to help build the Goat Fund


One of the five donation plots provided by the Bear Creek Garden Association is a full-sized plot worked by garden volunteers to provide organic produce specially for animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. In addition, BCGA members often donate crops from their own plot for the benefit of the zoo animals. Vegetables needed by the Zoo include:

  • Romaine Lettuce and all leafy greens such as mustard, turnip greens, collard and some chard
  • Broccoli heads
  • Edible pod peas
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Corn and Corn stocks
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Some basil and other herbs fed as enrichment.
  • Squash (all sizes)
  • Globe onions
  • Small amounts of tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato, Yams
  • Spinach

Beginning in late August, every Tuesday is Zoo Pick-up Day. Please leave your donated produce inside the truck gate in the northeast section of the garden. Plan on harvesting the product you plan to donate early in the morning on Zoo Pick-up Day.