Native Plant Treasure Hunt

September 15, 2023 Research & Conservation

Ahoy there, me hearties! Gather 'round as we set sail on a swashbucklin' adventure like no other at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 19th of September, we be celebratin' Talk Like a Pirate Day in style. But this ain't just any ordinary celebration – it's a treasure hunt of the botanic kind.

Arr, ye can start yer quest by layin' eyes on a map at the information desk in Boettcher Memorial Center or the Science Pyramid—or ye can download one. If ye fancy usin' a virtual map, ye'll find a QR code on the physical map and on signs scattered 'round the Gardens. When ye scan it with yer trusty device, it'll whisk ye away to a virtual StoryMap, unveilin' secrets and tales 'bout the very treasures ye be seekin'. 

Native Plant Treasure Map sign

From there, ye be scourin' the Gardens for a grand total of eight plants that be native to the bountiful lands of Colorado. Why, ye ask? Well, these native plants be the keepers of the land, the guardians of biodiversity and a feast for the pollinators. They be vital for our ecosystem, me hearties!

Now, here be the best part – this adventure be perfect for young buccaneers and families alike. It be a chance to teach the wee ones 'bout the importance of preservin' our natural treasures. While they be searchin' for plants, they'll also be discoverin' the wonders of the natural world. It's education disguised as fun, and it be a surefire way to inspire a love for nature in the little scallywags. This here activity sets sail on September 19 but doesn’t end there—the saga will live on in the Gardens, awaitin' bold souls like yerself to partake anytime ye wish.

So come one, come all, and join the crew for a day of treasure huntin' and learnin' in the Gardens. Yo ho ho, let the adventure begin!

This article was contributed by Alissa Iverson, M.S., floristic and outreach coordinator. 


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