Teaching with Quests

Many Teachers have incorporated Valley Quest into their classroom curriculum either by creating a Quest or going on a Quest (see our list of suggested field trip quests).

Students move from “studying about” something long ago to “participating in” something of relevance today” by utilizing field work and technology to make maps, record images, and digitize primary sources. Place-based approaches to teaching are wonderful-and valuable. Service-Learning projects are valuable, too, especially when students take the time to share what students have learned with their peers, families and the broader community.

Quest Curriculum

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Adaptable

Questing provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and critical thinking. Students make observations, ask questions, gather information, construct new knowledge, share their work, and reflect.

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Colonial

Bring history to life for your students.  This short-focused research project fits into the Social Studies curriculum as part of state and local history or as an opening to a study of Native Americans or Early Settlement.

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Civil War

Students study cemeteries, adopt specific individuals buried there and then use primary and secondary sources to understand the larger social contexts that influenced these individuals’ lives.

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Watershed

The Quest involves sharing and learning information about watersheds in general and about the watershed in the region where the students live. It is an integrated-curriculum unit that culminates with the creation of a Quest.

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Helpful Tools for Making Quests

Suggestions for Quest Field Trips

Location, Name Duration Special Features Walking Conditions Physical Difficulty Optional Gear Season Clue Update
Acworth, NH
The Acworth Bird Collection and History Mystery Quest
:45 Historical Pavement Easy Compass Year Round None
Barnet, VT
The Quest at Ben Thresher’s Mill
:45 Historical Indoor Easy Flashlight, Pencil May-Oct None
Bellows Falls, VT
Bellows Falls History Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Moderate Compass, Flashlight, Pencil Year Round View
Bradford, VT
Bradford Memorial Quest
:20 Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round None
Charlestown, NH
Fort No.4’s Past
1:30 Historical Pavement Moderate Compass May-Oct View
Chelsea, VT
Shiretown
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round View
Chester, VT
CLOSED
Chester
1:00 Civil War, Historical Pavement Easy Bicycle May-Oct View
Claremont, NH
Colonial Claremont Quest
1:00 Historical Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Claremont, NH
The Broad Street Park Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Claremont, NH
The Monadnock Mills Area Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Moderate   Year Round None
Cornish, NH
Cornish Flat
:45 Historical Pavement Easy Compass May-Oct None
Cornish, NH
The Saint-Gaudens Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical, Natural Trail Easy Compass, Money Jun-Oct View
Cornish, NH
Blacksmith Bridge
:20 Historical Trail Moderate Compass May-Oct None
Cornish, NH
Blow Me Down Mill
:20 Historical, Natural Pavement, Trail Easy Binoculars May-Oct None
Cornish, NH
Trinity Church
:15 Historical   Easy   May-Oct None
Cornish, NH
CLOSED
Wyman Sawmill
:20 Historical, Natural Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Croydon, NH
Croydon’s Schoolhouse
:10 Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Croydon, NH
CLOSED
Croydons’s Past
1:30 Historical, Natural Trail Moderate Field Guide May-Oct View
Croydon, NH
Four Corners Cemetery
:15 Historical Trail Easy Binoculars, Field Guide May-Oct None
Enfield, NH
Rail Trail
1:30 Historical, Natural Trail Moderate Bicycle, Binoculars, Compass May-Oct View
Enfield, NH
Shaker Feast Ground Quest
:45 Historical, Natural, Vista Trail Moderate Compass May-Oct View
Fairlee, VT
Lake Morey
1:00 Historical, Natural Pavement Easy Swimsuit May-Oct View
Fairlee, VT
CLOSED
Fairlee Depot
20 min Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Grafton, VT
The Grafton Cave Quest
1:15 Historical, Natural Pavement, Trail Moderate   May-Oct View
Hanover, NH
Oh, the Places You Will Go! A Dartmouth College Quest
1:00 Historical Indoor, Pavement Easy Pencil Year Round None
Hanover, NH
Prouty Quest – Stories of Hanover
1.5 Historical, UV250 Pavement Moderate   Year Round None
Hanover, NH
Amphitheater
:20 Historical, Natural Pavement, Trail Easy   May-Oct View
Hanover, NH
CLOSED
Libraries of Hanover
:45 Architectural, Historical Pavement Moderate Compass Year Round View
Hartford, VT
Center of Town
:45 Historical, UV250 Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Hartford, VT
Jericho District
:45 Historical, Vista Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Hartford, VT
CLOSED
White River Village
:20 Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Hartford, VT
Hartford in the Civil War Quest
:45 Civil War, Historical Trail Moderate Pencil May-Oct View
Hartford, VT
CLOSED
Historical Museum
1:45 Historical Indoor Easy   Year Round View
Hartland, VT
2011 Hartland Anniversary Quest
1:30 Historical, UV250 Pavement Moderate   May-Oct None
Hartland, VT
CLOSED
Three Corners
:45 Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Haverhill, NH
Haverhill Corner
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy Compass, Pencil May-Oct View
Haverhill, NH
Floodplain Quest
1:00 Historical, Natural, Vista Trail Easy Binoculars, Boots, Field Guide, Pencil May-Oct None
Lebanon, NH
Lebanon Energy Quest
1 hr. Energy, Field Trip, Historical, Natural Pavement Easy Binoculars Year Round None
Lebanon, NH
Colburn Park
:45 Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round None
Lebanon, NH
Lovely Looks of Lebanon Quest
:45 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Lyme, NH
Beal Cemetery
:25 Historical Trail Easy Compass, Field Guide May-Oct None
Lyme, NH
Lyme Center Dances
:45 Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct None
Lyme, NH
Porter Cemetery
:45 Historical Pavement, Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Lyme, NH
Grant Brook Trail
45 Historical Trail Easy   May-Oct None
Lyme, NH
CLOSED
Sheep Quest
1:00 Historical, Natural Trail Difficult Compass, Field Guide May-Oct None
Marshfield, VT
A Marshfield Quest
  Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Meriden, NH
Mill Cemetery Quest
:45 Field Trip, Historical, UV250 Pavement Easy Compass May-Oct None
New London, NH
Sargent/Hayes Farm
1:30 Historical, Natural Trail Moderate Boots, Field Guide May-Oct View
New London, NH
Wolf Tree
1:25 Historical, Natural, Vista Trail Difficult Binoculars, Field Guide May-Oct None
Newbury, VT
Sleeper’s Meadow
1:00 Historical, Natural, Vista Trail Moderate Binoculars, Compass, Field Guide May-Oct View
Newbury, VT
Newbury Village — It’s Monumental
1:30 Historical Pavement Moderate Compass May-Oct None
Newbury, NH
The Fells Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical, Natural Trail Moderate Field Guide, Money, Pencil May-Oct View
Newport, NH
The Historical Newport Quest
:45 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy Compass May-Oct None
Norwich, VT
Elm Street Loop
:45 Historical Pavement Moderate Compass Year Round None
Norwich, VT
Beaver Meadow
:30 Architectural, Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct None
Norwich, VT
Lewiston
:30 Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct None
Orford, NH
CLOSED
Brick Quest
:30 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Plainfield, NH
Plainfield Village
:45 Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Plymouth Notch, VT
Coolidge Homestead Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement, Trail Moderate   May-Oct View
Quechee, VT
CLOSED
Old Quechee Cemetery
:30 Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Quechee, VT
CLOSED
Ottauquechee
:45 Historical Pavement, Trail Moderate   May-Oct View
Quechee, VT
Quechee Library
:20 Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round View
Randolph, VT
Downtown Randolph
:30 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Rockingham, VT
CLOSED
Quest for Rockingham Carvers
:25 Historical Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Springfield, VT
CLOSED
Black River History Quest
:30 Historical, Natural Trail Easy Boots May-Oct View
Springfield, NH
Kidder Brook
1.75 hrs Historical, Natural Trail Difficult Compass, Field Guide May-Oct None
Strafford, VT
Justin Morrill
:30 Architectural, Historical, Natural Trail Easy Boots, Compass May-Oct None
Strafford, VT
The Town House Quest
:45 Architectural, Historical, UV250 Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Strafford, VT
Old City Falls Quest
:30 Historical, Natural Trail Moderate   May-Oct None
Sunapee, NH
Sunapee Harbor
1:00 Historical, Natural Pavement Moderate Binoculars, Canoe, Compass, Swimsuit May-Oct View
Thetford, VT
CLOSED
Thetford Center
:15 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Thetford, VT
Cedar Circle Farm Quest
  Historical, Natural Trail Easy Boots May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Bill Hill Quest
1:00 Historical, Natural, Vista Trail Moderate   Year Round None
Thetford, VT
Thetford Academy Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy Compass May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Thetford Center Village Quest West
1:00 Historical, Natural, UV250, Vista Trail Moderate   May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Thetford Center Civil War Cemetery Quest
1:00 Civil War, Historical Trail Moderate Compass Jun-Oct None
Thetford, VT
The Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Quest
:20 Civil War, Historical Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Thetford Center Village Quest East
1:00 Architectural, Historical, UV250 Pavement Easy Compass May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Post Mills Cemetery Quest
:30 Civil War, Historical Trail Easy Compass Year Round None
Thetford, VT
Moving Houses
:15 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Peabody Library
:15 Historical Indoor Easy   Year Round None
Vershire, VT
CLOSED
Vershire Village
1:00 Architectural, Historical, Vista Pavement, Trail Difficult Binoculars May-Oct View
Vershire, VT
Copperfield Town
:45 Historical, Natural Pavement, Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Warren, NH
CLOSED
Moosilauke Historical
1:00 Historical, Natural Trail Difficult Binoculars, Field Guide May-Oct View
West Fairlee, VT
Linny’s Loop Bicycle
2:00 Historical, Natural Pavement Difficult Bicycle, Compass, Field Guide, Pencil, Swimsuit May-Oct View
West Fairlee, VT
Southworth Park Quest
1:00 Historical, Natural Trail Moderate   May-Oct None
West Lebanon, NH
Dana House
:15 Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Wherever You Wish, NH
Fall Cider
All Day Historical, Natural Trail Moderate   May-Oct None
White River Junction, VT
By the Numbers
:20 Architectural, Historical Pavement Moderate Pencil Year Round None
White River Junction, VT
Junction Quest
:45 Architectural, Historical Pavement, Trail Easy Compass, Pencil Year Round View
White River Junction, VT
CLOSED
Lyman Point
:25 Historical, Natural Pavement, Trail Moderate Field Guide May-Oct View
White River Junction, VT
Valley Quest of White River Junction
1:00 Field Trip, Historical, UV250 Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Wilder, VT
Olcott Falls Quest
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Windsor, VT
North Main Street
1:00 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Windsor, VT
American Precision Museum Quest: Windsor in the 1860s
:45 Architectural, Civil War, Historical Pavement Easy Compass, Pencil May-Oct None
Windsor, VT
Constitution House
1:00 Historical, Natural Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Windsor, VT
CLOSED
Historic Windsor
1:25 Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct View
Windsor, VT
Old South
:15 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Windsor, VT
Architecture Quest
:30 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy Pencil May-Oct None
Windsor, VT
CLOSED
Machine Tool Quest
:45 Historical Indoor Easy Money, Pencil Jun-Oct None
Windsor, VT
The Windsor Colonial Quest
:45 Historical, UV250 Pavement, Trail Easy Compass, Pencil May-Oct View
Woodstock, VT
CWM
:30 Civil War, Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct None
Woodstock, VT
George, Frederick and Laurance Quest
:45 Historical Pavement Moderate Pencil Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
GPM
:25 Architectural, Historical, Natural Pavement Easy   Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
CLOSED
Village Green A
:40 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round View
Woodstock, VT
CLOSED
Village Green B
:30 Architectural, Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct View
Woodstock, VT
CLOSED
Village Green D
:40 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   May-Oct View
Woodstock, VT
The Big F
1:00 Historical Pavement Moderate   Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
Billings Farm Technology
:45 Historical Indoor, Pavement Easy Money May-Oct None
Woodstock, VT
Brothers of Woodstock
1:25 Historical Pavement Moderate   Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
FPQ
:45 Historical, Natural Pavement Easy   Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
History Mystery Barrel
:45 Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
Fearless Fighters Club
1:30 Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round None
Woodstock, VT
Sustainability Quest
1:00 Energy, Historical, Natural Pavement Easy   May-Oct None
Woodstock, VT
RSC Quest
:25 Architectural, Historical Pavement Easy   Year Round None

Suggestions for Quest Field Trips

Science Field Trip Suggestions
Use the quest site as an outdoor classroom, and supplement with readings, journaling, and age-appropriate field science activities.

  1. Wrights Mountain Quest, Bradford, VT
    Northern Forest ecosystem
  2. Esther Currier Quest, Elkins, NH
    Wetlands and beaver habitat
  3. Mink Brook Quest, Hanover, NH
    Several habitats:field, brook and forest
  4. Sally’s Salamander Meander, Hartford, VT
    A large vernal pool.
  5. Lonesome Pine, Thetford, VT
    Field, forest and wetland habitats, plus swimming.
  6. Forest Quest, Woodstock, VT
    Do it on your own; or join one of the quests led by marsh Billings Rockefeller national Historic park staff.

 

Social Studies Field Trips
These Quests are located at important historical sites and museums.

  1. Ben Thresher’s Mill, Barnet, VT
    A well-preserved 19th century mill and blacksmith shop
  2. Hartford Civil War Quest, Hartford, VT
    A great outing before making a civil war quest in your town. See civil war quest info.
  3. Saint-Gaudens Quest, Cornish, NH
    Learn about art, and one of America’s great sculptors
  4. Center of Town Village Quest, Hartford, VT
    Early settlement:1st meeting house, school, inn, mustering ground. See colonial quest info.

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— 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.