Mission to Mars Camp

  • July 10 - 12, 2023
  • Quad City Botanical Center

    2525 4th Avenue
    Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Ticket Price $110.00-$120.00 This event is now over


7.10.23 MONDAY - 7.12.23 WEDNESDAY, 9AM-2PM



Youth ages 9-14 are invited to a three-day excursion to explore a new world. Campers will design basecamp QCBC on Mars and learn the skills needed to survive on a new planet. Learn how to grow food in a greenhouse, pick the best plants for oxygen production, about water filtration and renewable energy, putting your basecamp to the test!

Campers will get hands-on experience with a variety of nature-related activities and observation techniques. We will analyze the world around us through plant and soil science as well as air and water quality. Come join us for fun in the dirt, water and sun.

Advanced registration required by 7.5.23, so reserve your spot soon. Limited spots available. $110 Members and $120 Non-Members.

Made possible by the American Chemical Society, Illinois/Iowa

Find all Summer Camps: https://www.qcgardens.com/event-calendar.html

Date & Time

Jul 10, 2023 9:00 AM - Jul 12, 2023 2:00 PM

Venue Details

Quad City Botanical Center

2525 4th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201 Quad City Botanical Center
Quad City Botanical Center
Adjacent to the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, the Quad City Botanical Center is comprised of an indoor tropical atrium, outdoor gardens including a Children’s Garden with water feature, a G-Scale garden train exhibit (seasonal), educational greenhouse, a three-season event canopy, indoor banquet facility and gift shop.

As a public garden we maintain hundreds of plants ranging from tropical varieties to regional Zone 5 perennials. A garden for all seasons, our tropical atrium is splendid throughout the winter months and has been turned into a sandy beach on occasion, and our rare conifer collection is unique to the Quad Cities. In spring, flowering bulbs enliven the garden, including a stunning iris collection. Other special collections include day lilies, mums and ornamental grasses. Our outdoor butterfly garden attracts pollinators by the hundreds, and is lively from early spring to late fall when the monarchs start their migration.

As an educational resource we offer staff-guided tours of our gardens, grounds and greenhouse, serving 10,000 students annually. In addition, we participate in outreach programs at school campuses and set up educational booths at various community events. Our expert staff is on hand to answer questions and help interpret the garden and exhibits.

As a banquet facility we serve thousands of guests throughout the year and host events for affinity groups, service clubs, businesses, brides and grooms, birthday and anniversary party honorees, and classmates seeking a unique backdrop for a memorable event.

We support local artists by providing gallery space to exhibit works of art from various mediums and our gift shop offers many one-of-a-kind handcrafted items.
The Quad City Botanical Center is a 501 c 3, non-profit organization. We celebrated 20 years of bringing people and plants together in fun and meaningful ways in 2018 and welcome you to the gardens!

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