Summer Quest

Welcome to Summer Quest!

Gather your supplies, pack your bag, and get ready for adventure! We invite you to join us in exploring the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Watershed to learn about science, history, art and other topics this summer.

OARS with our friends at The Umbrella Arts & Environment, Minute Man National Historical Park, Drumlin Farm-Mass Audubon, the Concord Land Conservation Trust, and other area organizations, have created a ton of free sumer 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 actives are also being offered by The Old Manse, Concord Free Public Library, 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 faction in a faraway place, or even sing 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 plan outdoors, become an expert on local wildlife, explore history, and creat 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!

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 our local rivers might choose from the list of activities offered by OARS. Or if you are interested in protecting our natural place, then complete stewardship activists at multiple sites. Once enough OARS activities are completed, you'll earn your Junior River Ranger badge. If you complete enough stewardship activities, you'll earn your Stewardship 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:

OARS - You are here already! Go to our activities!
The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program
Minute Man NHP
The Concord Land Conservation Trust
Drumlin Farm
Affiliate activities

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 12 and up: 5 activities within a subject

• How to earn a "badge":
Sites: OARS, The Umbrella, The Lads Trust, Minute Man NHP, Drumlin Farms
Ages 5-10: 4 activities at a site
Ages 12 and up: All 6 activities at a site

• How to earn a patch:
Ages 5-10: 4 certificates or badges
Ages 12 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 will feature you on social media!

When you've completed your activities, please send documents and/or photos showing your work to 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 our 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 at with the subject line: Summer Quest info request or call 978-371-0820 x213.