What's a Super Quest?
The Super Quest is a fun Valley Quest challenge organized every year by Vital Communities. To complete the challenge, participants have from May 1 to November 1 to register and collect a stamp impression from 10 themed Quests. Every year, completed submissions receive a special patch and are entered into a grand prize drawing.
This Year's Edition
Are you looking for an ultimate guide to the region’s swimming holes, waterfalls, beach-rimmed lakes, and more? Look no further. This Super Quest, dubbed the “Aquatic Adventure,” is a celebration of the Upper Valley—defined by our special stretch of the Connecticut River basin, this watershed unites a beautiful portion of New Hampshire and Vermont as one fascinating, fun region. Use this challenge as your gateway to all the summer fun the Upper Valley has to offer. Cool down by a beautiful swimming hole, exhilarate your senses by a tall waterfall, and learn the lore hidden behind it. Discover hidden gems, explore the rich history of places you know well, and fall in love with our corner of the world all over again!
The 2018 Aquatic Adventure Super Quest features winning submissions from Valley Quest’s 2017 Watershed Challenge, a fun, educational contest, that challenged individuals and teams (including school classes) to write a Quest about any river, stream, pond, or wetland in the Upper Valley. We received amazing submissions from more than 150 Valley Quest enthusiasts and are proud to take you on this tour de force of ecologically vibrant streams, old mill towns with history bursting at the seams, waterfalls, swimming holes, and more!
Here's How It Works
Get your copy, register your team, and dive on in to your own Aquatic Adventure today! Find registration, all 10 Quests that make up the challenge, and the Aquatic Adventure Super Quest stamp sheet below (print the Super Quest stamp sheet on 11×17 paper). You can also find the Super Quest at area libraries, recreation centers, conservation events, and our White River Junction office. Alternatively, email ValleyQuest@VitalCommunities.org to get your own copy.
Then: go forth! Teams have from May 1 to November 1 to collect a stamp print from each of the 10 Quests on their Super Quest stamp sheet. The stamp impressions fit together like a puzzle and reveal a work of art! Once you’ve completed the 10 Quests and your stamp sheet is full, it’s time to submit and claim your prize! All Super Quest submissions are awarded a commemorative Aquatic Adventure patch and are entered into a grand prize drawing! Submitting is easy: you can either post a picture of your completed stamp sheet on Facebook and tag @VitalCommunities, or mail/bring your completed stamp sheet to our office at 195 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001.
Search our directory to find a Valley Quest now!
Steps 1, 2, and 3
Inspired and excited about all our Upper Valley watersheds have to offer? Looking for ways to care for our wondrous waterways, and steward them for generations to come? We learned a bit about regional, statewide, and community-led watershed conservation groups in the process of making the Aquatic Adventure Super Quest, and want to share what we learned with you! Check out our blog post on these agencies, and consider connecting with one of the many listed to contribute in your own way.
Yesterday afternoon, as the sun set quietly over the western hills of the Upper Valley and the peak temperature of 60 degrees dropped to a cool 52, I [...]
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Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant
Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.