Oregon Coast Quests is a place-based education program at Oregon Sea Grant that uses clue-directed hunts to get people outside exploring their communities. All that is needed to go on a self-guided Quest is a pencil, a set of directions, and a sense of adventure! Follow the directions, collect the clues, and find the hidden Quest box. Sign the guest book, stamp your page to prove you made it, and then re-hide the box for the next person to discover. Currently, there are 26 active Quests in Lincoln, Coos and Benton counties, and the directions can be found in The Oregon Coast Quests Book, 2013-2014 Edition (available for $10 at Powell’s Books and local retailers). Nearly 6000 logs have been made in hidden boxes since 2007.
Questing is fun and educational for adults and children, residents and tourists, families and school groups, and other curious free-choice learners. Some Quests focus on natural history, and lead along estuarine, sandy beach or coastal forest trails. On other Quests, you might explore a downtown historic district, a pioneer cemetery, a working waterfront, or a fish hatchery. Many Quests were made by park rangers, naturalists or educators, but 10 Quests were made by youth in school or afterschool programs.
Visit the Oregon Coast Quests website (http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/oregon-coast-quests) to learn more about the location and focus of each available Quest, locate a bookseller, learn about Quest-building workshops, download Sample Quests, and to obtain tips for Questing with school groups.