Want to join the Quest? At the entrance to the Maze Garden, a new panel explains the Quest’s four different levels. Visitors begin by choosing a level and reading the first clue.
The Explorer’s Quest, geared to children 12 and under, is the easiest and utilizes images to help young players advance. The three more difficult levels, the Adventure and Garden Quests, as well as the most challenging Science Quest, direct older players to check out the maze’s interpretive panels to learn the correct answers.
Inside the maze, adventurers will find eight brightly-colored audio boxes scattered throughout the garden, which contain clues about plant life at the Arboretum. By turning a hand crank and pressing one of four silver buttons, players bring the quest to life and each successive audio clue takes them deeper into the maze, directing them to the Sycamore Overlook, and beyond.
“The A-MAZE-ing Quest is a family-friendly activity that is a great addition to our popular garden, said Katie VanMetre, exhibit developer at The Morton Arboretum. “The Maze Garden is traditionally one of the first stops Arboretum visitors make but there's also so much more to see here. We designed the Quest as a way for families to explore the beauty throughout the rest of our grounds."
As all good quests go, this one comes with a reward. Once players have reached the final destination, they can check-in using the Foursquare mobile app to receive a digital coupon - just show the coupon to the front desk staff at the Visitor Center to receive a temporary tattoo, each unique to the quest level conquered. Not a Foursquare-user? You can also claim your prize by telling the dront desk staff which final desintaion you visited.
The A-MAZE-ing Quest is free with Arboretum admission and is a permanent part of the Maze Garden, though components of the exhibit may change over time.