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Welcome to Kentucky Questing

Research shows the more time people, especially children, spend outside, the healthier they are both physically and mentally. The research is available at the Children & Nature Network site. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

This statewide Questing program is designed to help Kentuckians get outdoors and learn about the natural wonders and intriguing history of our Commonwealth.  Each "Quest" is actually a short scavenger hunt in which folks solve clues as they move from place to place in a specific natural setting. Watch this brief slide show to see a quest in action.  The Questers are high school students from Sayre School in Lexington.  They are doing the Pennyrile Quest at the State Arboretum in Lexington. Questing in action External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.


State Arboretum in Lexington

Every Quest has a title, directions to the starting point, clues (often in verse) maps or drawings to assist you, an estimate of how long it will take to do the Quest and how much physical exertion is involved.  Leaders from the Valley Quest Program in New England were very generous with their time and talent as Kentucky developed its questing program.


Looking for more opportunities to learn about Kentucky's wonderful environment?  From fun at the zoo to quiet walks in the woods to a calendar with weekly events and opportunities to learn even more.  For more information, visit EEinKentucky. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.


See Also...
  Valley Quest
This is the original questing program begun in New England. Go to this site to see dozens of examples of quests.

Questing vs. Geocaching

Q: Is questing the same thing as geocaching or letter boxing?
No. All three programs are similar, but Kentucky Questing does not require a GPS unit (or any other equipment for that matter) 


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Some of the documents on this website are in PDF format.  Please click on the following link to download a free copy of Acrobat Reader. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Last Updated 9/2/2010