Thursday, 01 23, 2014
502-564-4270, ext. 168
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The 2014 Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest is ready for some families!
This year, the digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends, in teams of two to six people, is celebrating both the 90th anniversary of Kentucky State Parks, and the 280th birthday celebration of Daniel Boone.
Many of the quests will be tied to park history or Daniel Boone. Teams have until Dec. 1, 2014, to complete as many quests as they like in an effort to not only to have fun, but to win prizes. It’s a great goal-oriented way to explore the natural and historical resources of the nation’s finest park system.
While a few challenges are park-specific, most can be answered at any of multiple parks, and a few can even be answered right from your living room. Maybe you will seek out a tree species Boone used for a canoe, play a pioneer game, identify a Civilian Conservation Corps structure, or use your quest-supplied compass to follow in Boone’s footsteps! A digital camera is necessary to capture your team’s fun along your journey, and your photos just might show up on the Kentucky State Parks website or Facebook page.
In its ninth year, the quest has seen families turn the program into a tradition, bringing together generations of family members each year to create family memories; some even breaking off into new teams as the years pass. Participants from age 5 months to 87 years young have enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. For The May team, of Versailles, the quest served as the backdrop for their baby’s first time swimming and her first wooly worm sighting!
Hannah Lackey of Somerset said of her family’s first year experience, "This was a great family activity. Our kids are 3 and 6 years old, and they had a lot of fun. We often brought picnics, so the adventures were inexpensive too. Thank you!"
For anyone afraid you might not have time to visit so many parks, it is important to know that you have until Dec. 1, 2014 to complete, and as few as four park visits are required to earn the first prize level – if you do your homework. By correctly completing just 10 quests, a team will receive a certificate for a one-night stay at the park lodge of its choice (Sunday – Thursday) and free passes to park museums or forts. Complete 20 quests and receive the stay and passes, plus a $25 Kentucky State Parks gift card. Complete 25 of the 28 quests and get the stay, passes, and a $50 gift card!
A $15 registration fee gets you the quest booklet, a commemorative jute tote bag, a compass/keychain (for first 240 registrants), bonus BOGO coupon for one of the destinations involved, and informational materials to help you along your way.
Registration forms are available at www.parks.ky.gov (look for the “Family Adventure Quest” button), where you can also peruse the photo gallery of past participants. Photos must be submitted in electronic format on a CD.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov