Time does nothing but flat out fly! 2016 actually marks the 11th year for the Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest – the digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends – and it seems like the first one was just last year.
The following is a great description of the Family Adventure Quest, straight from the Kentucky State Parks:
Team Avengers, 2015
Learn park history and search for the perfect photo op as you explore Kentucky State Parks at your own pace throughout 2016! Teams will choose an east or a west booklet when registering. This means that about one-third of the quests which are park-specific, will be in the eastern or western half of the state.
The remaining two-thirds are not tied to any particular park and can be completed wherever the team chooses to visit based on the challenge. You may be seeking an historic building, hunting for critter tracks, or exploring a golf course! Let your quest booklet serve as a guide to a year’s worth of adventures with your friends or family.
Teams have until Dec. 2, 2016, to complete as many quests as they like in an effort to have fun and win prizes. It’s a great goal-oriented way to explore the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the nation’s finest park system.
A digital camera is necessary to capture your team’s fun along your journey, and your photos just might show up on the park website or Facebook page. In fact, you can earn a point just for sharing a picture of your team on a quest to the Kentucky State Park’s Facebook page.
Participants from 2 months old to 73 years young enjoyed the quest in 2015, and once they start, many teams repeat year after year. Thirty-four teams of the 142 that signed up in 2015 were repeat participants. One team has participated for 10 years now!
Team Avengers from Louisville completed their second year in 2015.
“Our family enjoyed exploring parts of our beautiful state that we may not have ever made time for. Thanks!” said team captain Kriston Glasnovic.
The Avengers completed 11 quests, which earned them a lodging certificate and three passes to the park fort, house tour, or museum of their choice.
By correctly completing just 10 or more quests, a team will receive a certificate for a one-night stay at the park lodge of its choice (Sunday through Thursday) and free passes to park museums or forts. Complete 20 quests and receive the lodge stay and passes, plus a $25 Kentucky State Parks gift card. Complete 25 quests and get the lodge stay, passes and a $50 gift card.
There are actually four bonus opportunities, so if there is a quest you don’t want to do, you can choose one of the bonus quests to take its place.
“Loved the bonuses. It was great to have options and be able to get 25 quests completed,” said Ivy Jones, captain of Team Wild Jones,’ from Elizabethtown, who also finished their second year of participation in 2015 and won the top prize!
Teams have until Dec. 2, 2016 to submit their quest booklet and CD of photos. If planned out properly, the first prize level can be attained by visiting as few as four different parks.
A $15 registration fee gets you the quest booklet, a commemorative bandanna map, a compass (yes, to be used for a quest), bonus coupons for some of the destinations involved, and informational materials to help you along your way.
More details and registration forms can be downloaded at www.parks.ky.gov (look for the “Family Adventure Quest” button), where you can peruse the photo gallery of past participants. You can also pick up a registration form at any Kentucky State Park starting in February.
Photo Credit: Kentucky State Parks