Does your local river, stream, or wetland have a story to be told?

Valley Quest is launching a special project this fall through April 2017 to write Quests focused on watersheds and flood resilience, sponsored by a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Through this project, we will work with school groups, watershed organizations, and interested individuals to write new watershed-themed Quests.

So what is a watershed Quest, and why should you write one?

Watershed Quests can take many forms and cover a wide range of subjects. For instance, a Quest could look at the natural aspects of a watershed such as how a river works or the habitat that rivers, streams, and wetlands provide for various animals. Or, taking a different approach, a Quest could look at how rivers shaped the development of towns and villages in the Upper Valley over time.

Other ideas for watershed Quests could include:

  • Recreation (a favorite swimming hole)
  • History (a historic mill site)
  • Flooding (a spot that was heavily impacted by Irene)

Writing a Quest is a great activity for students, watershed educators, and curious individuals who want to connect with their local river or stream. This project is a great opportunity for groups to explore a local watering hole and write a Quest with the help of the Valley Quest Coordinator!

Valley Quest is looking for groups who would like to participate in this project this fall, winter, and spring. So far we have three groups recruited to work on Quests in Chester, VT, Springfield, VT, and Brownsville, VT. We still have space for a few more groups to participate now through April 2017, so spread the word! Contact Valley Quest Coordinator Sara Cottingham to get involved, pitch an idea, or learn more about the project.

Needs some inspiration? Try the Floodplain Quest in Haverhill, NH, or the Sunapee Harbor Quest in Sunapee, NH.