There are many ways to get involved in Quests:

  • Go on a Quest - Obtain the book of directions or download a sample Quest and head outside to explore.
  • Create a Quest - Attend a Quest-building workshop to find out how you can help youth and adults connect with community through the making of Quests.
  • Volunteer - We are always looking for people who can help monitor Quest boxes and clues.  Consider adopting a Quest near you.

 

Go On a Quest

Oregon Coast Quests Book, 2015-16 EditionHead Outside Today

To do a self-guided Quest, all you need is a set of directions, a pencil, and a sense of adventure!

Quest Books full of directions are published and distributed every 2 years.  The newest book, The Oregon Coast Quests Book, 2015-2016 Edition was just printed this summer and is available now for only $10.  This 216-page, spiral bound guide has a bright BLUE paper cover, and contains maps and directions for 24 Quests in four Oregon counties.  More details

Find a bookseller near you

Download a Sample Quest

Proceeds from book sales support the Oregon Coast Quests program.

 

Head Start preschoolers on a Quest

Take Your Class on a Quest
  • Teachers:  Are you planning to Quest with your students?  Download "Tips for Questing with School Groups" [PDF]

June 6, 2012: "We had a GREAT time yesterday!!!!
The kids learned a lot and the weather was perfect.
I will definitely do these again [with my class] next year."
- 3rd grade teacher
 

  • Philanthropists:  Donate Quest Books to a classroom!  After the students complete their Questing field trip, provide them with the guidebooks that will take them outside with their families all summer long and beyond!  Email us for more information.

Students who made the Oceanlake Quest

Create a Quest

Quest-Building Workshops

If you or your group would like to build your own Quest, consider attending a Quest-building workshop for guidance. Workshops and presentations give participants information on the history and philosophy of Questing, and activities to help you get started making local Quests. 

To set up a Quest-building workshop in your area, please contact us. Tailored on-site workshops, curriculum support and guided Quest excursions are also available.

 

Tsunami Education Project

In February 2016, Oregon Coast Quests held a kickoff event for a new education project aimed at improving coastal community resiliency to earthquake and tsunami hazards. Formal and informal educators, state parks personnel, university researchers and emergency management experts came together at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, OR to attend a day-long Tsunami Quests Workshop. Through presentations, discussions and hand-on activities, participants learned about local tsunami hazards, site-specific evacuation recommendations, and how to help students share these public safety messages through a new "Tsunami Quest".

In the spring, many of the partners from the workshop helped 120 7th graders from Newport create a Tsunami Quest which shares information about tsunami safety and help others practice walking an evacuation route. The students have been learning about earthquakes and tsunamis at school, and they have gained additional content through experiential outdoor learning and interactions with community experts. The new HMSC Tsunami Quest begins at the front doors of the Sea Grant-operated HMSC Visitor Center, which is located in a tsunami inundation zone and attracts 150,000 visitors annually. Read more 

Test the new Quest! Download the HMSC Tsunami Quest directions: tsunami_quest.pdf (581.85 KB)

Following this pilot project, Oregon State Parks and other partners can work with students in other coastal areas to create additional site-specific Tsunami Quests. This engaging learning activity will not only inform the public about tsunami safety at Quest sites, but also support a cultural shift toward increased public awareness of tsunami risk and response at all coastal locations. The Tsunami Quests project is supported in part by a grant from the Gray Family Foundation, a Hoecker Award from OSU Extension Association, and OSU PreCollege Programs. 

Here is a quote from a parent chaperone who helped 5th graders test the new HMSC Tsunami Quest in May 2016 while 7th grade Quest-builders observed them:

"The whole idea was awesome - having 7th graders create it, learning about the threat of Tsunami and what to do, and then the 5th graders trying it out while 7th graders observed.  The 7th graders in my group were all taking notes throughout the quest.  Even though it seems like we talk about the a Tsunami event a lot, our 5th grade group knew very little about what to do in an event and hadn’t thought about it more than just the event itself - not what it would be like after.  So the entire time we talked about different scenarios (e.g. if you were injured, not at home or school, structures gone, supplies, etc.)  It was a great experience all around!"

 


Enjoying the view on the Yaquina Estuary QuestVolunteer

We are seeking volunteer individuals and groups who would be interested in helping create and maintain future Oregon Coast Quests. You could help by committing to periodically check a Quest in your area to make sure the clues and box are in good order. Or, if your group is interested in creating a Quest for possible inclusion in a future Quest Book, Oregon Coast Quests can help you get started.

"I would love to be a monitor for the quests as it would give us opportunity/accountability to walk in the woods this winter."

- Angie Wright
Otis, OR

 

For information, contact:

Cait Goodwin
Oregon Coast Quest Coordinator
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365
541-961-0968
OregonCoastQuests@oregonstate.edu