Published on July 7, 2020

Summer Quest for Kids

Welcome to Summer Quest!

Summer Quest Logo

Summer Quest Logo

Gather your supplies, pack your bag, and get ready for adventure! You're invited to join us in exploring the lands of the Concord watershed to learn about science, history, art and other topics this summer.

Minute Man National Historical Park with our friends at The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program, OARS, The Concord Land Conservation Trust, and some other area organizations, have created a ton of free summer activities for you to choose from! Complete these activities to collect badges and certificates of accomplishment. Earn enough badges and certificates and you’ll get a Summer Quest patch!

Summer Quest combines the best of each site:  

  • Minute Man’s history activities 
  • The Land Trust’s botany explorations 
  • OARS’ river adventures 
  • The Umbrella’s eco-art projects 
  • Drumlin Farm’s nature journaling 

Subject activities are also being offered by The Old Manse, Concord Free Public Library, Concord Museum, Walden Woods Project, The Concord Division of Natural Resources, and Ninjas in Nature (Holy cow! That’s a lot of fun places to explore).

We know this summer is different, maybe you won’t be heading to camp, taking a vacation in a faraway place, or even seeing your friends as often, but we hope Summer Quest can help make a summer at home a lot more fun. Right here in your own back yard, town, and community you can play outdoors, become an expert on local wildlife, explore history, and create fun art and nature projects.  

What will you learn? What new places will you explore? What new skills will you develop? Gather your family, choose some activities and go find out!

To participate, go to each partner organization’s website and find their list of activities. Decide which category or organization interests you and get moving! 

There are six categories to choose from:  

  • Stewardship
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Literacy

A participant who loves their National Parks might choose from the list of activities offered here at Minute Man or if its History you love, complete history activities at multiple sites. Once enough Minute Man activities are completed, you’ll earn your Jr. Ranger badge. If you complete enough history activities, you’ll earn your History Explorer certificate. How many activities is enough to earn a prize? It depends on how old you are… see below...

Activities

Below you will find the activity grid. For details on each activity and how to complete them, check out each partner’s website:

Sites & Subjects The Land Trust The Umbrella Minute Man NHP OARS Drumlin Farm Other Partners
Stewardship Stewardship: caring for trails and removing invasive plants. Take a Stand! Design a nature logo or poster Protect Your Park: Learn how to protect Minute Man and take action! Keep our rivers healthy and beautiful: things you can do in your own home. Speak up! Make and send an advocacy postcard. Concord Free Public Library
History Herbivory: who is eating this plant? Inspired by Place: Be an Artist in Your Residence Of Monumental Importance: Learn from the park’s markers and monuments. Learn about the people and historical events of the Concord Watershed. Learn about local nature heroes in your town or state. Concord Museum
Science Wildflowers: discovering what is around you and naming it. Nature senses and patters: Create a mandala Ecosystem Exploration: Who lives here? River ecology: bingo, river habtat, food web Ask an expert! Explore local resources to learn about what you are observing. Concord Division of Natural Resources
Social Studies Ethnobotany: how do people interact with plants?

Digging deeper:

What is Musketaquid? Egg Rock?

Enabling Legislation: Create your own National Park! What is your watershed address? Learn about mapping watersheds. Home Explorer: Go outside, make observations, ask ?'s. Draw and record in your journal. Walden Woods
Art Botanical Drawing: the many forms of leaves. Nature Art: Make an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture garden Artist-in-Your-Residence: Create something beautiful inspired by the Park Leaving a Trace: Draw pictures or do maze in JRR book, make art with trash Make your own Science/Nature Journal using recycled materials. Ninjas in Nature
Literacy Explore and Observe: plants on the Land Trust’s properties. Nature Journaling: Words, Pictures & Numbers Primary Source: Document this moment in history with your writing. Transcendentalism: Write about what the river makes you dream and wonder about just like the authors of the 19th century? Write a letter, e-mail or social media post about your favorite journal entry or special find. Old Manse

 

 

Summer Quest Program Earning System 

How to Earn a Certificate:  

Subjects: stewardship, art, science, social studies, literacy, history

Ages 5-10: 4 activities within a subject 

Ages 12 and up: 5 activities within a subject 

How to Earn a Badge:  

Sites: The Umbrella, The Land Trust, OARS, Minute Man NHP, Drumlin Farm

Ages 5-10: 4 activities at a site 

Ages 12 and up: All 6 activities at a site 

How to Earn a Patch: 

Ages 5-10: 4 certificates or badges  

Ages 12 and up: 6 certificates or badges  

(This may seem like a lot, but many activities will count toward a certificate and a badge) 

Submissions

When you’ve completed your activities, please send documents and/or photos showing your work to the Summer Quest e-mail: summerquestprogram@gmail.com. We will review the packet and send out your badge or certificate as soon as we can. We may also reach out to ask if we can share your photos or writing for social media posts or on our websites.

 Please include the following information

 Subject line: Summer Quest Badge or Certificate completed! 

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Town
  4. Which badge or certificate you have earned
  5. Which activities you completed
  6. What your favorite activity was and why
  7. Sign with your name and your parent or guardian’s name

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the program or how to complete the activities, please contact us at summerquestprogram@gmail.com with the subject line: Summer Quest info request or call 978-371-0820 x 213.