Group Discovery: Teacher/Adult-Led Self-Guided Programs

Quests are fun, free-choice learning adventures that use clues and hints to encourage participants to discover the natural, cultural, and historical "treasures" of place and community. Suitable for groups of all ages, self-guided Quests allow lifelong learners to explore parks, trails, and other outdoor spaces in new ways and at their own pace.

Over 25 Oregon Quests exist, mostly located on the central Oregon coast, but as the activity gains in popularity, more communities are taking part. Currently, Quests can be found in Lincoln, Coos and Benton Counties.

The clues are found in the Oregon Coast Quests guidebooks, available at bookstores around the region. At the end of each self-guided interpretive Quest, participants find a hidden Quest box containing a log-book to sign and a hand-carved stamp to mark their accomplishment. The true "treasure" is the fun of the walk and learning about special places in the community.

Quests are great fun for families and school groups - and once you've gone questing, your group may even want to help create a new Quest for the next edition of the guide book!

Yaquina Head Quests

Quests are fun adventures that use clues and hints to find a hidden prize while discovering the natural, cultural and historical "treasures" of Yaquina Head. They are great fun for families and school groups. Quests can also be found in Newport and other sites with locations in Lincoln, Coos and Benton Counties.

Between a Rock

Stewardship Quest (PDF): Follow the clues down to Quarry Cove and explore the many ways that stewardship is practiced here at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

Between a Rock

Formation to Occupation: A Yaquina Head History Quest (PDF): This Quest will lead you on an geological tour of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Learn how this place was formed and how it has been used in the past and today.

Between a Rock

Hills Quest: A Tale of Two Hills (PDF): The Hills Quest will take you from the doors of the Interpretive Center to the top of Communications Hill. Along the way, you will learn about the history and changes that have occurred to the two headland hills.


Oregon Coast Quest Information:

Cait Goodwin, Coordinator, Oregon Coast Quests
2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365
541-961-0968 cell • 541-867-0233 office • cait.goodwin@oregonstate.edu