Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Announce Family Adventure Quest for 2015

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 16, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson,
502-564-4270, ext 168
gil.lawson@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – 2015 marks the 10th year for the Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest – the digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends!

 

This year’s edition has a new twist. Teams of two to six members choose between an eastern or western booklet. This doesn’t mean you only get to explore half the state, it just means that the quests that require visiting a specific park will only be in the half of the state you choose. 

 

That still leaves more than two thirds of the challenges that can be answered at your choice of parks. For example, a non-park-specific challenge may ask for a photo of your team building a sand sculpture at a Kentucky State Park beach. The beach you choose is up to you! 

 

Teams have until Dec. 1, 2015, to complete as many quests as they like in an effort to have fun and win prizes. It’s a great goal-oriented way to explore the natural and historical resources of the nation’s finest park system. A digital camera is necessary to capture your team’s fun along your journey, and your photos just might show up on the park website or Facebook page. In fact, you can earn a bonus point just for sharing a picture and quest experience to the parks’ Facebook page on your own this year.

 

Participants from 5 months old to 87 years young enjoyed the quest in 2014, and once they start, many teams repeat year after year. Thirty-eight of the 137 teams that signed up in 2014 were repeat participants. One team has participated for eight years now!

 

“Team Jones” from Elizabethtown just completed their first quest in 2014.

 

“We had a great time! My kids would get so excited when I said we were going to do a ‘quest’ that weekend. I became a little obsessed with going to as many parks as possible and doing every quest,” said Ivy Jones. “We didn’t get to all of them this year. Can’t wait for next year!” 

 

They may not have visited all the parks, but they did complete 20 quests, which earned them a lodging certificate, a $25 Kentucky State Parks gift card and four passes to the park fort, house tour, or museum of their choice.

                                                                                                                               

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 through Thursday) and free passes to park museums or forts. Complete 20 quests and receive the lodge stay and passes, plus a $25 Kentucky State Parks gift card. Complete 25 of the 29 quests and get the lodge stay, passes and a $50 gift card! 

 

Teams have until Dec. 1, 2015 to submit their quest booklet and CD of photos. As few as four park visits are required to earn the first prize level, if you do your homework.

 

A $15 registration fee gets you the quest booklet, a commemorative cap, a kite (yes, to be used for a quest!), bonus BOGO (buy one, get one) coupons for some of the destinations involved, and informational materials to help you along your way.

 

More details and registration forms can be downloaded at www.parks.ky.gov (look for the “Family Adventure Quest” button), where you can peruse the photo gallery of past participants.  You can also pick up a registration form at any Kentucky State Park starting in February. 

 

 

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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