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QUESTIONS?

Have questions, or want to find out more about how your classroom or family can get involved?

Contact

Jennifer Leonard
Executive Director Communications and Community Engagement

(707) 399-4429

PIO@solanocoe.net


 

SearchIng for more outdoor adveNtures?

Here are some resources for getting outside in Solano County:

Solano Youth Outdoors website

Solano Youth Outdoors website


All Trails App

All Trail website preview


 

Solano Outdoor Explorer Quest

Solano Outdoor Explorer Quest, inspiring exploration, wellness and outdoor education

Welcome to the quest!

The Solano Outdoor Explorer Quest is an outdoor treasure hunt, similar to Geocaching, where explorers will find hidden QR codes that will lead them to discovery of native plants and animals found in Solano County. Instead of Geocaches, the Explorer Quest features Questcaches.

The Solano Outdoor Explorer Quest is a great opportunity for students to get outside with their families, do some exploring, learn new things about native species and connect with the nature and the outdoors. 

Solano County Office of Education has created the Explorer Quest to help students get outside and experience science through natural phenomena in the world around them. Our hope is to spark interests in environmental learning and inspire wellness through physical activity and self-motivated exploration. 

How To join the explorer quest

preview of Lagoon Valley Park Questcahe map

Download an Explorer Questcache Map

Download the Questcache map to your printer, tablet or phone. The map marks ten areas that feature a hidden Questcache plaque.

Follow the Map to Find the Hidden Questcaches

Travel to the areas marked on the map. Search the area carefully to find the hidden plaque and QR code.

QR code linked to SCOE website

Scan a Questcode (QR) for a
Hidden Video

Open the camera on a smart phone or tablet and place it over the QR code. The Questcodes in the adventure will take you to a hidden webpage featuring a short video about plants or  animals that can commonly be seen from that Questcache location. (Tablets may work best for viewing.)

Record Your Questcache Find

The hidden webpages also have Quest Logs where Explorers can record their secret Questcache finds. 

Mark Your Questcache Badges

Each hidden Questcache has a corresponding Explorer Badge featuring the native plant or animal that was featured and commonly seen in the area of the Questcache.

Learn More About Native Plants & Animals

Finally, each hidden webpage has a link to learn more about the plant or animal highlighted on the page.

Share About Your Explorer Quest

With parent permission, Explorers can submit pictures and stories to PIO@Solanocoe.net to be shared publicly on social media and SCOE news updates. Explorers can also share to their own social media pages with these hashtags: #SolanoExplorerQuest #SolanoQuestcache.

The secret explorer code

Your Explorer Quest, should you accept it, has some guidelines to ensure everyone has fun.

1. Young Explorers should always get permission from their parents or guardians before participating in Quest activities. Bring the whole family; The Explorer Quest is great for outdoor family fun.

2.  Wait until the "Muggles" leave. "Muggles" are non-Quest Explorers. Keep the hidden Questcaches a secret amongst fellow Quest Explorers. This makes the exploring and adventure fun for everyone.

3. Leave it better than you found it. Be kind to the Questcaching game board, which are regional Solano County parks and open spaces.Stay on the trails to reduce impact on plants and animals. Be a Super Explorer and pick up litter along the way, leaving nothing behind. 

Good Luck Explorers!

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