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Summer Quest!

Have you heard about Summer Quest?

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!

Explore the lands of the Concord watershed to learn about science, history, art and other topics this summer.

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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!

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

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

Events

2020 Art Ramble

On display from September 1-November 8 in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, the 5th annual Art Ramble Exhibition explores the social justice issues of climate change and water. Water Change: Where Spirit, Nature, and Civilization Meet is presented by The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program and curated by Susan Israel, who asked artists to explore three themes in connecting their work to place and climate:

Spirit: Water, the essence of all life, symbolizes life, spirit, purity, restoration, birth, passage and more. Water also inspires wonder, dreams, potential, and peace. The existential threat of habitat change brings a profound emotional burden. What does hope look like?

Nature: Climate change impacts waterways, ponds, and forests in fundamental ways. How will flora and fauna adapt? As the climate warms, species migrate, trees die, invasive species thrive; our landscape is changing. What will this site look like in 100 years?

Built Form: Water is the foundation of civilization. We drink it, dam it, detour it, waste it, and pollute it. We use it for transport, manufacturing, and play. Fairyland Pond is an artificial pond, created and preserved by dredging, dams, and habitat maintenance. Using this site, how do we show human interventions – good or bad?

Israel called upon artists to move people to act – as well as to find joy and life: “Without hope, joy, and love, there is no action.”

Fifteen artists make up this outdoor installation. Israel selected a complementary and diverse exhibition of pieces and mediums, ranging from iron sculpture to wooden benches, to glass ducks. Poet Joanne DeSimone Reynolds has written original poems inspired by each installation. Taken as a whole the poems create a sense of cohesion throughout the exhibition.

More information can be found at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Ramble.

A moderated virtual public reception with the curator and artists will take place via Zoom on September 23, 2020, 7-8pm.