We know. It’s been ridiculously hot lately — and the idea of going anywhere that’s not climate controlled or a refreshing dip in the pool seems out of the question. But temperatures are looking (cool)er in the coming days. Ready to get out of the house? Take the kids on an adventure with Baltimore County’s Nature Quest!

What is Nature Quest? A fun way experience the outdoors and be active with the kids while discovering some of the best parks and trails in Baltimore County. You can bike, hike, or canoe on designated trails to complete the Nature Quest and earn fun prizes!

Here’s how it works: Pick up a Nature Quest guide at your local Wegman’s or download a guide here. Then start questing! At each site,  record your progress by making a rubbing, with a pencil or crayon, of the trail marker located on each of the trails in the booklet. 

Best part? You complete the Quest at your leisure… although you want to try and complete it by mid-October. Questers who complete at least 5 trails each year receive free admission to the Quest Festival on October 21, noon to 2 PM at Lake Roland Park and are entered into raffles for great prizes. But if you can’t make Quest Fest you can still get prizes!  Prizes are awarded after accumulating rubbings from at least 5 of the 13 trails and can be picked up at any of the participating parks.

Participating parks include:

  • Lake Roland
  • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
  • Cromwell Valley Park
  • Marshy Point Nature Center
  • Honeygo Run Regional Park
  • Maryland Agricultural Center
  • Benjamin Banneker Historical Park
  • Fort Howard
  • Red Run Stream Valley Trail

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a Quest guide and go on an adventure!