Welcome to Summer Quest

Summer quest graphic showing map of Concord underneath hiking boots, a book, a journal, a magnifying glass, and a paint brush.

Gather your supplies, pack your bag, and get ready for adventure!

We invite you join us in exploring the lands of the Concord watershed to learn about science, history, art and other topics this summer.

Minute Man National Historical Park with our friends at The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program, Drumlin Farm-Mass Audubon, OARS, the Concord Land Conservation Trust, and some other area organizations, have created a ton of free summer activities for you to choose from! Complete those activities to collect badges and certificates of accomplishment. Earn enough badges and certificates and you’ll get a Summer Quest patch!


Summer Quest combines the best of each site:

  • Minute Man’s history activities
  • The Land Trust’s botany explorations
  • OARS’ river adventures
  • The Umbrella’s eco-art projects
  • Drumlin Farm’s nature journaling

Subject activities are also being offered by The Old Manse, The Concord Free Public Library, The Concord Museum, Walden Woods Project, The Concord Division of Natural Resources, and Ninjas in Nature (Holy cow! That’s a lot of fun places to explore)

We know this summer is different, maybe you won’t be heading to camp, taking a vacation in a far away place, or even seeing your friends as often, but we hope Summer Quest can help make a summer at home a lot more fun. Right here in your own back yard, town, and community you can play outdoors, become an expert on local wildlife, explore history, and create fun art and nature projects.

What will you learn? What new places will you explore? What new skills will you develop? Gather your family, choose some activities and go find out!


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To participate,

go to each partner organization’s website and find their list of activities (links below). Decide which category or organization interests you and get moving!

There are six categories to choose from:

  • Stewardship
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Literacy

A participant who loves their National Parks might choose from the list of activities offered here at Minute Man or if its History you love, complete history activities at multiple sites. Once enough Minute Man activities are completed, you’ll earn your Jr. Ranger badge. If you complete enough history activities, you’ll earn your History Explorer certificate. How many activities is enough to earn a prize? It depends on how old you are… see below:



Below you will find the activity grid. For details on each activity and how to complete them, check out each partner’s website:

Sites & Subjects The Land Trust The Umbrella Minute Man NHP OARS Drumlin Farms Other Partners
Stewardship Caring for trails and removing invasive plants. Take a Stand! Design a nature logo or poster Protect Your Park: Learn how to protect Minute Man and take action! Make our Rivers Healthy. Take Action! Speak Up! Make and send an advocacy postcard. Concord Free Public Library
Covid-19 Stories
History Herbivory:who is eating this plant? Inspired by Place:Be an Artist in Your Residence Of Monumental Importance: Learn from the park's markers and monuments. Designated Wild & Scenic, Our Rivers Have History! Learn about nature heroes in your town or state. Concord Museum
Pick up a town map fromt he Concord Tourism Visitor Center
Science Wildflowers: discovering what is around you and naming it. Nature senses and patters: Create a mandala Ecosystem Exploration: Who lives here? Discover Who Lives in our Rivers Ask an expert! Use local resources to learn about the environment. Concord Division of Natural Resources
Activity Coming!
Social Studies Ethnobotany: how do people interact with plants? Digging deeper: What is Musketaquid? Egg Rock? Enabling Legislation:Create your own National Park Rivers Connect Us: What is your Watershed Address Home Explorer: Go outside with your nature journal. Walden Woods
Put your hat on!
Art Botanical Drawing: the many forms of leaves Nature Art: Make an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture garden Artist-in-Your Residence: Create something beautiful inspired by the park Share the Beauty of Our Rivers Science Nature Journal: Learn how to make your own. Ninjas in Nature
Fox & Owl Video Adventure
Literacy Explore and observe: plants on the Land Trust's properties. Nature Journaling: Words, Pictures & Numbers Primary Source: Document this moment in history with your writing. Famous Authors Wrote about Our Rivers: Share Your Inspiration Share! Write a letter or post about a special find. Old Manse
Write like Emerson

Minute Man National Historical Park

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Summer Badge Program Earning System

How to earn a certificate:

Subjects: stewardship, art, science, social studies, literacy, history

Ages 5-10: 4 activities within a subject

Ages 11 and up: 5 activities within a subject

How to earn a “badge”:

Sites: The Umbrella, The Land Trust, OARS, Minute Man NHP, Drumlin Farms.

Ages 5-10: 4 activities at a site

Ages 11 and up: All 6 activities at a site

How to earn a patch:

Ages 5-10: 4 certificates or badges

Ages 11 and up: 6 certificates or badges

(This may seem like a lot, but many activities will count toward a certificate and a badge)

*If you complete all of the activities, we’ll be feature you on social media!


When you’ve completed your activities, please send documents and/or photos showing your work to the Summer Quest e-mail. We will review the packet and send out your badge or certificate as soon as we can. We may also reach out to ask if we can share your photos or writing for social media posts or on our websites.

Please include the following information

Subject line: Summer Quest Badge or Certificate completed!

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Town
  4. Which badge or certificate you have earned
  5. Which activities you completed
  6. What your favorite activity was and why
  7. Sign with your name and your parent or guardian’s name


If you have any questions about the program or how to complete the activities, please contact us.
SummerQuestProgram@gmail.com, Subject line: Summer Quest info request or call 978-371-0820 x 213

A collection of graphic logos from Minute Man NHP, The Umbrella Organization, OARS, Concord Land Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon

Last updated: July 23, 2020

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174 Liberty St.

Concord, MA 01742


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