Watershed Quest Challenge

Do you have a favorite river, pond, wetland, or swimming hole?

We challenge YOU to write a Quest about an Upper Valley watershed in 2017!

Vital Communities is launching a special Valley Quest program this year known as the Watershed Quest Challenge. Through this fun, educational contest, we challenge individuals and teams (including school classes) to write a Quest about any river, stream, pond, or wetland in the Upper Valley.

Here’s how it works:
  • Work with a pal, a group, or on your own to write a Quest about any river, stream, pond, or wetland in the Upper Valley.
  • Submit your finished Quest to Valley Quest by December 15, 2017.
  • We’ll judge the entries over the spring and announce the winner on May 1, 2018. The top winner will get a special prize, and the top 5 Quests will be featured on the 2018 Super Quest!

Tips for Writing Your Quest:

Writing a Quest can be a big undertaking, but the Valley Quest program is here to help!

We have plenty of resources to help you write your Quest:
  1. First, check out our easy instructions for making your own Quest. We’ll  also be posting a series of short videos walking you through the process of making a Valley Quest. Stay tuned!
  2. Hungry for more? Read through our four Questing curricula for sample lessons and activities to enhance your Quest.  (Note: the Adaptable Curriculum provides a great template for writing a Quest about any subject!)
  3. Can’t get enough information? Look for Questing: A Guide to Creating Community Treasure Hunts. This book by Steve Glazer and Delia Clark is the ultimate resource for creating amazing Quests. You can find it in some local bookstores as well as Amazon.

Ready to submit your Quest?

When you’re ready to submit your watershed Quest as part of the Challenge, first download and complete this New Quest Submission Checklist.

Then send us your Quest clues AND the Checklist by the December 15 deadline!

E-mail is the easiest way to submit, but you can also mail your Quest and Checklist to us at:

Vital Communities
ATTN: Valley Quest
195 N Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001

We’ll confirm we’ve received your submission and will announce the winners on May 1, 2018!

Good luck!

Thank you to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Farm-Way, for sponsoring this project!

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Lauren Griswold

Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 107

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.