Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Kentucky Questing and Scavenger Hunt Success at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
On December 1, 2012 Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) hosted a two hour Questing Program and Scavenger Hunt for an audience of all ages. The Questing and Scavenger Hunt program was designed to encourage the pubic to get outdoors to learn about nature and area history.
Involving an easy walk around the hatchery grounds, families participated in the environmental education program together. Participants solved Questing clues as they moved from place to place, went on a scavenger hunt, shared nature related life experiences, made observations about plant species, and created bird feeders. Giveways were made available after the completion of the Quest and Scavenger hunt.
Questing is a place-based education model of creating and exchanging ideas in order to collect and share a community's distinct natural and cultural heritage, special places and stories.
The information found in each Quest can easily be correlated to core content used by teachers across the state and can also serve to be a key conduit for a bevy of possibilities, including tourism, helping to increase health and wellness in local communities, helping to better connect people with the outdoors along with the ability for multiple Quests to link up various sites. Research shows the more time people, especially children, spend outside, the healthier they are both physically and mentally.
Photo Caption 1: Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist Kristi Pupak leads participants in a discussion of the Questing history.
Article and photos submitted by Kristi Pupak, USFWS. Photo credit Kristi Pupak, USFWS.