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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Go on an outdoor quest this summer

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  • Mark your calendar for June 1 at 9:30 a.m. to be at the 4-H Building in McPherson! This will be the kick-off event for a new program to McPherson County called Park and TrailQuest!
    Park and TrailQuest is an opportunity for your family, co-workers, and/or friends to explore the parks and trails of McPherson County. Six Quests are offered this year, and we hope to expand the program to include more parks and trails in years to come.
    Reno, Riley and Labette counties also offer Park and TrailQuest programs; so you could explore McPherson County and these other counties as well.
    Registration is open now by following the instructions on the McPherson County Extension website (www.mcpherson.ksu.edu) or contact the McPherson County Extension Office
    at 620-241-1523.
    Park & TrailQuest is absolutely FREE to participants. McPherson County Extension wants participants to explore our parks and outdoor areas.
    A team consists of at least two and not more than 10 people. A team consisting of children younger than the age of 16 must have at least one adult on the team.
    Park & TrailQuest officially begins on June 1 and ends on Sept. 28. The goal of your team is to visit each of the designated parks and complete the assigned Quest challenge.
    Information on the times you can complete the challenges is in the Park & TrailQuest Passport.
    Once you have successfully finished a Quest, be sure to keep your Passport and bring it Sept. 28 to the
    finale event at Park Henry, in Galva.
    The Park & TrailQuest adventures do not need to be completed in any order and teams can complete more than one in a day if they choose to do so. Any time restrictions will be noted on the individual
    park’s Passport pages.
    What is the difference between a Park & Trail Quest and a Bonus Quest?
    ParkQuest—is an activity that a team will find the answers to the questions as they explore the park or
    trail.
    We want you to complete this part of the Passport.
    BonusQuest—is an additional optional activity associated with a Quest. It may require additional equipment or time to complete.
    This challenge is meant to be fun and educational.
    What can we win? How do we do it? Teams that successfully complete four of the six quests will be eligible for the grand prize drawing. All teams are encouraged to attend the finale event. The prizes are
    themed toward outdoor activities for a family.
    Each teamwill be issued a ParkQuest Passport to confirm your team's participation.
    Page 2 of 2 - When teams go to a park to complete a Quest they should follow the instructions in the Passport.
    If a person has a disability, they can still participate.
    arkQuests are physically challenging but persons with disabilities can be accommodated on most
    Quests. Contact the McPherson County Extension Office if you have questions about adapting a
    Park & TrailQuest to meet your ability. Three Quests are specifically designated as handicapped accessible.
    Remember, it is possible to get injured on the Park & TrailQuest. As with any adventure there is a small
    possibility that a participant could be injured. It is important to be aware of the hazards of participating
    in outdoor activities and take the proper safeguards to ensure that you and your teammates have
    a safe enjoyable Park & TrailQuest adventure. The registration materials includes some tips to remember when recreating outdoors.
    The Park & TrailQuest organizers agree with the seven principals of leave no trace: Please practice these to: plan ahead and prepare; travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors.
    The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission fromthe Leave
    No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
    For more information, please feel free to contact the McPherson County Extension Office at 600W
    Woodside, 620-241-1523, or you can check our website at www.mcpherson.ksu.edu
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