A Super Quest is a fun challenge that Vital Communities organizes every year. To complete the challenge, participants have from May 1 to November 1 to register and collect stamp impressions from a select number of featured Quests. Every year, completed submissions receive a special patch and are entered into a grand prize drawing!
Super Quest 2021: Climate Connections
Traverse woods, shores, and historic districts throughout the Upper Valley to note the ways climate change is affecting the region and what’s we’re doing to prevent or adapt to those changes! Get a cool patch and be entered to win prizes!
Please check out our blog on how to be safe while Questing during COVID.
This year’s Super Quest challenge examines the ways climate change is affecting the Upper Valley—from plants, insects, and other animals moving here from the south due to warming temperatures; to more frequent and more powerful storms; to people migrating from other places experiencing even greater climate-induced changes. The Super Quest also looks at ways we’re preventing or adapting to climate change, including flood control through land preservation; green energy technologies; and regenerative agricultural practices.
From May 1 to November 1, follow any five of 12 selected Quests to find their hidden treasure boxes and collect the stamp impressions from their treasure box, and you’ll receive a special Super Quest patch and be entered to win a grand prize. The 12 Quests can be variously done as walks, hikes, or by canoe or kayak. Happy Questing!
READY TO GET STARTED? HERE'S HOW!
- Download the Climate Connections Super Quest booklet, or email us your address and we’ll send you one. You can also pick up copies at locations through the Upper Valley.
- Register your team online
- Record your team’s completed Quests, either online or by downloading and printing out a Completion Record Sheet.
- Go forth! Collect stamp impressions from five of the 12 Quests listed below. You can print them right on your handout. You have from May 1-November 1.
- Once you’ve got five, it’s time to submit your stamp sheet and claim your prize. Either:
- Like @vitalcommunities on Facebook and/or Instagram. Post a picture of your completed stamp sheet and tag @vitalcommunities
- Mail or bring your completed stamp sheet to our office at 195 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001. We are located on the second floor of the Upper Valley Food Co-op, the one with the big red apple sign out front. Our entrance is around the back of the building.
Complete Any FIVE of These Climate Connections Quests!
Cedar Circle Farm Quest
Focus on regenerative agriculture while touring a certified organic farm and nonprofit education center.
Chaffee Sanctuary Quest
Get to know an “alder swamp”—a common Upper Valley wetland that provides great habitat for animals and natural flood protection for humans.
New London, NH
Learn about how plants and soil sequester carbon while observing the forest, streams, and wetlands of the Mt. Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region.
Donella Meadows Quest
Hear about a pioneering system thinker, author, and climate change activist while visiting the Cobb Hill cohousing community she founded 20 years ago.
Flowing to the River Quest
Hike along this Connecticut River tributary while learning how plants along the stream help keep its water clean.
Lebanon Energy Quest
Starting at the former Mascoma Flannel Company (now the Rivermill Complex), a look at generations of power, from water to propane to green sources.
A water quest on Lake Mascoma in search of a fabulous bird who needs clean waters. Begin and end at a the new Mascoma Lakeside Park, for launching non-motorized boats!
Lower Slade Brook
Hike along the brook crossing this 36-acre conserved parcel, observing waterfalls while reflecting on the role forests play in cleaning the air.
Sally Salamander Meander
Discover a vernal pool and learn about its critical role for salamanders and their wet, wiggley rites of spring.
Sunapee Harbor Quest
This gentle stroll highlights the lake’s natural and historic features and the stewardship and educational work of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.
For Elementary Students: Learn about what goes on above the mansion area at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, including tree management, a solar kiln, and gardens!!
For High Schoolers: Observe the sustainability program and climate-aware forest management of this park—which is named after an Upper Valley native considered to be America’s first environmentalist.
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Food & Farm Manager
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager
Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. She previously served on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs, a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children, and serves on the Hartland School Board. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.
Valley Quest Coordinator
— Sandy Gmur, Valley Quest Coordinator
Sandy joined Vital Communities in Fall 2019 to coordinate Valley Quest. Sandy moved back to the East Coast after 32 years in Santa Cruz, CA, and is thrilled to be involved with an organization so interconnected with the issues and services that make the Upper Valley region a vibrant, collaborative, and future-thinking community. Sandy has a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College and worked for several years in Somalia and Greece. She later worked in school administration and then as a Senior Program Associate for the nonprofit Life Lab. Sandy is a founding member of a cohousing community in Santa Cruz and now lives at Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland. She is an Executive Committee member of the Sierra Club Upper Valley and volunteers with the Connecticut River Conservancy. Her nurture away from work comes from taking long walks, skiing, cooking, gardening, bread baking, and enjoying time with friends and family.