How Questing differs from Geocaching
Unlike geocaching, questing requires no GPS unit and no trinkets are exchanged. You only need a pen or pencil, and walking shoes to follow rhyming clues and a curious map. When you find a quest box, collect its unique stamp, sign its logbook, and then re-hide it for others. (Some people prefer using their own signature stamp and ink pad or marker to log in, and collect quest stamps in their own journal.)
Field Copies of Quests
If you’re already out in the Canalway, you can pick up printed copies of the entire series at the Boston Store or Canal Visitor Center in the National Park. Partner Visitor Centers also have a selection of nearby titles - including the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation; Metro Parks, Serving Summit County F. A. Sieberling Nature Realm; and the Canalway Center in Canal Fulton at the Stark Parks St. Helena Heritage Park Trailhead.
Ohio & Erie Canalway Questing History & Facts
This project is a partnership between Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks, Cascade Locks Park Association, Stark Parks, the Ohio & Erie Canalway, and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Several new partners are joining the program, and we anticipate adding about a dozen more quests in 2011.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its partners are modeling this project on the successful Valley Quest program in New England. The project began in March 2010 with workshops lead by national questing expert Steven Glazer, who directed the Valley Quest program for 10 years, and specializes in connecting people with places.
To date, more than 80 Northeast Ohio teachers, volunteers, and park staff have been involved in writing and field testing Canalway Quests!
Questing Season - April 15 through November 15 - when Quest boxes are monitored by volunteers/park personnel.
To find a Quest click here
Quest is the trade name of Valley Quest, White River Jct, Vermont, and is used with permission: www.valleyquest.org
If you'd like to bring Questing to your community, contact Steve Glazer at firstname.lastname@example.org
For More Information in the Canalway Arrye Rosser, interpretive and education specialist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, manages the Canalway Questing project. Contact her at e-mail us or call (440) 546-5992.
Stamp it Up! Events are held during the Questing Season
Check back April 15 - November 15 to find out times you can stop by to chat with National Park rangers and Quest Crew volunteers about the Canalway Questing program. While there, pick up Quest clues and carve your own signature stamp.