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Vander Veer Summer Theme 2023

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visit vander veer botanical park TO FIND THE VOICES OF NATURE!

This summer explore Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory while Finding Nature’s Voice as part of the annual summer theme! Activities run through Labor Day weekend. Grab your VOICE card (aka BINGO card) to complete activities as part of a scavenger-hunt-like game then enter to win fun prizes!
Location: 215 West Central Park Avenue

How to join the fun

  1. Grab a VOICE (aka Bingo) Card from the Conservatory (or download one or all of the cards-see links below).
  2. Move around the park finding and listening for items on the card to block out five spaces in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally. When you complete a row or column, you can turn in for the monthly raffle prize drawing. BUT...
  3. If you complete a black out of the card, you can turn in for the large raffle prize drawing!

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 At the end of the game (Labor Day)
All participants will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for an engraved brick paver at the Vander Veer Stone Fountain. A few VOICE prizes include earning credit for our Nature & Garden classes, local organizations' gift baskets, winning a family four pack for a River Bandits game, or getting an Isabel Bloom Honey Bee Garden Paver! 

We would like to thank local organizations for their generous donations of fun baskets, tickets/passes, “swag,” gift certificates, and more! Prize contributors to the 2023 summer game include: Davenport Parks & Recreation, River Bandits, Friends of Vander Veer, River Action, Living Lands & Waters, Nicolina’s Turtle Co., Common Chord, Kwik Star, Quad City Symphony, Figge Museum, Nahant Marsh, X-Stream Cleanup, Partners of Scott Co. Watersheds, Starbucks, Niabi Zoo, Isabel Bloom, Progressive Action for the Common Good, Grammy’s Butterfly Shack, Family Museum, and German Heritage Center

Bringing Awareness to Vulnerable Species

A main component of the VOICE game is five different animals spread out across the park. Our goal is to bring awareness to some lesser known and familiar vulnerable species throughout the world, to “hear their voice” on their ecological and endangered status and conditions. All five animals range from Least Concern, Vulnerable, and Endangered according to the IUCN Red List– an official listing that tracks the varying degrees of extinction risk for the vast majority of known species throughout the world. It is a powerful tool to educate and empower action for biodiversity conservation, hoping to protect the creatures and resources we need to survive.