Jada Bergstrom

“There are so many plants to pick from and you can start with a blank canvas.”

Position: Assistant Curator of Horticulture

Responsibilities: Create and maintain floral displays around grounds, including inside the dome

Growing up Jada was always interested in horticulture and would often stay home “sick” from school so she could help water the plants, much to the dismay of her parents. She always helped her family do the yard work, raking leaves, watering plants, and planting new flowers. She had previously been working at a local greenhouse during the summer months and when her friend told her about a year round job opening at Reptile Gardens, Jada jumped on the opportunity.

Jada said her favorite part of the job is working with a blank canvas and working with the different types of flowers with different textures to create a new design each year. They have a lot of freedom to create designs each year with different themes, such as using various flowers to create a big 80 for the 80th Anniversary.

Jada’s most unique experience
Even in the land of horticulture, there is always something interesting going on, whether it’s working alongside creatures or watching other employees handle large animals:

“There’s always something interesting going on here.It’s always interesting when you’re working in the dome and you’ll be doing something and look over and there’s an animal staring at you in the face. It used to startle me but now I’m just kind of used to it. The other day I was in there switching the moss and stuff because we’re tossing out the old stuff and WHAP, right on the side of my face, so I pulled it off and it was a frog. Frog right on the side of my face. Only out here will that ever happen.”

Things to know about Jada:

1. She has a son that is an actor in New York City.
2. She enjoys doing anything outdoors such as hiking and camping.
3. She has a bull terrier dog named Cali and says she is kind of rambunctious and a lot to handle, but she loves her.
4. She is a huge music fan and most of the time you can find her at Red Rocks enjoying all genres of music.


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Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch Funtier Town

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing, go on a 3D safari, or test your aim at the shooting gallery! Our very own old west ghost town has numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

Don't miss your chance to Pet a Python!  Our snake handlers ar here to talk about any questions or myths you've heard about snakes. Don't forget your camera! Our pythons are very photogenic and love to photos with you!