Go Questing

Questing is a place-based education model of creating and exchanging treasure hunts in order to collect and share your community’s distinct natural and cultural heritage — your special places and stories.

Follow the clues to the treasure box. Inside the treasure box, you will discover more information about the site, a rubber stamp, stamp pad, a sign-in field journal, and a pencil. Sign your name in the book, adding a few notes or a sketch from your walk, and collect an impression of the stamp as a memento of your journey. Then, carefully re-hide the box exactly where you found it.

If you plan to go on more than one quest, you may wish to create your own “passport book” or field journal into which you will collect your stamp impressions. You may also wish to create your own personal stamp so that you can leave your mark in each quest’s logbook.

If you are using one of the quests found online, simply print out the clues and the map and take it along with you, otherwise bring your quest book. Just like any outdoor activity, be prepared for changes in the weather! It is important to bring a good map. Also bring a compass, a water bottle, snacks, and wear comfortable shoes. It’s always a good idea to carry a first aid kit if you will be out in the woods. Do consider bringing along a field guide to local plants and animals, binoculars and a hand lens for magnification, and your passport book/field journal and personal stamp.

We’re always looking volunteers to be box monitors and quest testers. Each quest treasure box is checked on a regular basis during the questing season by a volunteer box monitor. These generous, fun-loving people help keep the Valley Quest program alive and running smoothly. If you are interested in becoming a box monitor for a quest in your town, please let us know!

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A collection of our best quests.

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Super Quest

A special quest season themed activity.

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Make a Stamp

Use your own stamp to sign in the quest book.

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Make a Book

Collect your stamps in your very own book.

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Clue Updates

Check for updates before you head out.

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Create A Quest

Create an adventure for your friends and family.

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Complete 20 quests and earn a Valley Quest patch and certificate; 50 quests will earn you a hat. No matter how many you do, questing will help you discover the magic of this place.

To get your patch or hat, contact us.

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Sara Cottingham

Valley Quest Coordinator

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 802.291.9100 x 107

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— Sara Cottingham, Valley Quest Coordinator

Sara holds a BA in Geography and an MS in Community & Regional Planning, both from the University of Texas at Austin. A watershed planner by trade, Sara’s inner compass is guided by a passion for rural and mountainous places. After brief stints working for state and federal agencies, Sara spent the last four years cleaning up rivers in West Virginia. Her favorite pastimes include looking at maps, making art, exploring woods and rivers, and playing old-time fiddle and banjo for contra dances. Sara also maintains a private practice as an independent grant writer for nonprofits.