Questing

Pick a quest, follow the clues, find your box, and leave your mark! All while learning about the rich culture and history of the Ohio & Erie Canalway.

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Canalway Questing Drop-ins

Stop by to get started questing. National Park volunteers offer summer drop-in programs where you can make your own signature stamp, get advice and pick up the latest clues. Email cuva_questing@nps.gov in you plan to bring a group of 10 or more. Check back soon for a list of 2018 drop-in dates.

Boston Store Visitor Center
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

  • Fridays, June 8,15,29; July 6 and 20; and August 3 and 10
    11 AM - 2 PM
  • Sundays, June 10; and July 1 and 29
    11 AM - 2 PM

Mustill Store
Cascade Locks Park, Akron

  • Friday, June 22
    5:30 - 8:30 PM (Duck Derby)
  • Friday, June 23
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Akron

  • Sunday, June 17
    9 AM - 4:30 PM (Father's Day Car Show)
  • Wednesday, July 11 and 25; and August 8
    10 AM - 2 PM

Canal Fulton Canalway Center
Canal Fulton

  • Friday, July 13
    2 PM - 7 PM (Old Canal Days)
  • Saturday, July 14
    12:30 - 5 PM (Old Canal Days)

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Summit Metro Parks, Akron

  • Saturdays, June 23 and August 4
    10 AM - 1 PM

Summit Artspace
Akron

  • Saturday, July 7
    5 PM - 9 PM (Artwalk)

Summit Artspace on Tusc
Barberton

  • Friday, July 27
    5 PM - 8 PM (Barberton Fourth Friday)

Exploration Gateway
Sippo Lake Branch Library and Stark Parks, Canton

  • Saturday, July 21
    7:00 - 9:00 PM (Outdoor Movie Night)

FAQ's on Questing

Who can Quest?
All ages and abilities are welcome! Visit the questing table to learn which quest is right for you.

What do I need?
The program is free to the public — all you need is a pencil or pen to participate. Good walking shoes help and a personal stamp enhances the fun.

When should I go?
Quests are active from April 15–Nov. 15 each year.

Where can I go?
Canalway partners hide 40 Quest boxes over four counties — Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas — to encourage visitors to explore their National Heritage Area.

How does Questing differ from Geocaching?
Unlike geocaching, questing requires no GPS unit and no trinkets are exchanged.

Where can I find printed copies of Questing brochures?
If you’re already out in the Canalway, you can pick up printed copies of the entire series at the Boston Store Visitor Center or Canal Exploration Center, both of which are located within the National Park. Partner visitor centers also have a selection of nearby titles. Center include:

  • Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  • Summit Metro Parks F. A. Sieberling Nature Realm
  • Canal Fulton Canalway Center

What is the history of Canalway Questing?
Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its partners are modeling this project on the successful Valley Quest program in New England. A collaboration of partners, including Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks, Summit Metro Parks, Stark Parks, Cascade Locks Park Association, and Ohio & Erie Canalway, introduced Questing to Northeast Ohio in 2010 with workshops led by national questing expert Steven Glazer, who directed the Valley Quest program for 10 years and specializes in connecting people with places. Several new partners have joined the program since.

To date, more than 80 Northeast Ohio teachers, volunteers and park staff have been involved in writing and field testing Canalway Quests. Quest boxes are monitored by volunteers and park personnel.

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 steve@poeticsofplace.com.

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