Adventure!  

Get out and explore new places or visit old favorites as part of the 4-H Family Road Trip!

Fun things to do on your family adventure:

  1. Choose any of the specific destinations listed to visit, and download the appropriate scavenger hunt questions to take with you.   
  2. Visit the destination, try to answer all of the scavenger hunt questions, and take a family selfie. Post it on social media with the hashtag for your county: #Boone4H #DeKalbCounty4H, or #Ogle4H.

Nearby points of interest are provided as a courtesy for families unfamiliar with the locations.  No endorsement of attractions/restaurants is intended, and the list of options at any location is not nearly complete.

Destinations to Choose From:

  DeKalb County History Center
Sycamore, IL - DeKalb County

Ellwood House Museum
DeKalb, IL - DeKalb County

  • Physical Address:  509 N. 1st Street DeKalb, IL  60115
  • Description: The historic Victorian mansion, situated on 10 acres of parkland, was originally built in 1879 for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood. The museum campus consists of seven historic structures, four gardens, and 6,000-square-feet of exhibit space in the Patience Ellwood Towle Visitor Center. Currently the inside tours of the house are closed however there is still plenty to see on the grounds. The Visitor Center is free and open year-round by appointment.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this location HERE
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Lowden State Park
Oregon, IL - Ogle County

Rochelle Railroad Park
Rochelle, IL - Ogle County

  • Physical Address:  124 N 9th Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
  • Description: Rochelle is one of several spots where main rail lines cross as they head from Chicago to all points of interest. Rochelle is one of the few points in the country, however, where such junctions boast two double tracks crossing each other at grade, forming four “diamonds” (so called for the shape of the rails at the crossing).
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this location HERE
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Belvidere Park
Belvidere, IL - Boone County

City of Murals
Belvidere, Il - Boone County

  • Physical Address:  The murals are located along both sides of State Street from Hurlbut Street and progressing east to Logan Avenue
  • Description: The “City of Murals” began with ten murals created in downtown Belvidere in June 1997 during a festival initiated by the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce.  As a result, Belvidere received the 1997 Governor’s Art award and was named the Illinois “City of Murals.”  Since that time, the community has supported adding additional murals along State Street. 
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this location HERE
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Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy
Williams Bay, WI - Walworth County

  • Physical Address:  251 Elkhorn Road, Williams Bay, WI 53191
  • Description: A 231 acre property comprised of trails, ponds, streams, boardwalks, various ecosystems (prairie, wetlands, deciduous forest, oak woods, kettle, and meadow), a tower, and more.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this location HERE
  • Caution:  Adult supervision is needed at the designated selfie location.   Bug spray is recommended while weather is still warm.  A short easy hike is required to complete the scavenger hunt—some of which is on boardwalks.
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White River County Park
Lake Geneva, WI - Walworth County

  • Physical Address:  6503 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
  • Description:  A 195 acre park features about two miles of White River frontage, approximately five miles of walking trails, a canoe/kayak launch, cross country skiing, fishing, and more.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this location HERE
  • Caution:  Bug spray is recommended while the weather is still warm.  An easy 20 minute hike (10 min each way) is required to complete the scavenger hunt. Boots are recommended in case of rain or snow.
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Hidden Alley Cat Murals
Monroe, WI - Green County

  • Physical Address: 1016 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566
  • Description: These fun, colorful murals are “hidden” in the alleys, in a 1-2 block radius around the historic Green County Courthouse.  The murals are part of a larger beautification in Monroe, featuring local and regional artists. As an added bonus, see how many colorful woodcarvings you can find all around town. Take your selfie with your favorite alley cat!
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Pearl Island Recreational Corridor
Brodhead, WI - Green County

  • Physical Address: W705 Golf Course Rd, Brodhead, WI 53520
  • Description: Pearl Island is the area between the Sugar River and Mill Race, north of Brodhead. Take your selfie at the Head Gates Park sign (pictured), then access a well maintained walking / biking / skiing trail that will take you .6 miles northwest to the Decatur Lake Dam or 2 miles southeast to Brodhead.  The hike to Decatur Lake Dam is required to complete the scavenger hunt.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Beckman Mill Park
Beloit, WI - Rock County

  • Physical Address: 11600 South County Highway H, Beloit WI 53511
  • Description: On the grounds of the 50-acre county park you will see an authentically restored 1868 grist mill, a new dam, mill pond, fish ladder, foot bridge, saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, picnic shelter, vintage garden, nature trail and more. The showpiece of the park is the Beckman Mill, the restoration of which was completed in 1997 by the Friends of Beckman Mill's volunteer work crew. It is operational with power being supplied by its original 1860s water driven Leffel turbine. In the event alternate power is needed, the mill can be operated by its vintage two-cylinder gasoline engine. The mill was built shortly after the Civil War by millwright William Howe of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In 1882, it was acquired by August Beckman who had previously operated mills in nearby Juda and Hanover. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  Take your selfie in front of the main sign (pictured).
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Nick Engelbert’s Grandview
Hollandale, WI - Iowa County

  • Physical Address: 7351 State Road 39, Hollandale, WI 53544 (Iowa County)
  • Description: In 1937, Nick Engelbert began to build an elaborate arched porch of concrete around the front of his farmhouse, ultimately covering every inch of the outside surface of the house with concrete inlaid with shards of china, glass, beads, buttons, and seashells. Over the next 15 years, he created more than 40 concrete sculptures in his yard, combining patriotic themes with imagery from history, fairy tales, mythology, and his own imagination.  The grounds are open during daylight hours all year round.  Admission to the grounds is free; donations are appreciated. 
  • Caution:  Please don’t touch the sculptures. It hurts them, and the shards of glass can hurt you, too. Take your selfie with your favorite sculpture.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Gravity Hill
Shullsburg, WI - Lafayette County

  • Physical Address:  3999 County Road U, Shullsburg, WI 53586 (Lafayette County)
  • Description: One of the weirdest places in Wisconsin, Gravity Hill is a hill with a slightly downward slope that feels like an upward one.  The optical illusion is created by the surrounding land, making it seem that a car in neutral will actually roll uphill.  You have to experience this to believe it!  There is a “sign” at this location, but no other major clues.  PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY:  With caution, position your car at a "bottom" of the hill, and put it in neutral. Take your foot off the brake for a moment, and you will experience the thrill of your car not only climbing the hill by itself but gaining speed as it goes. BE ALERT FOR OTHER TRAFFIC!  
  • WARNING. This is a public road! Obey all traffic signs and rules. Where there are hills, there are blind spots. Always bring someone to watch for other traffic. Never try the hill when the road is wet and slippery or during inclement winter weather conditions.  Take your selfie with your vehicle in a safe location on the side of the hill.  For added fun, take a bottle of water with you, and when you take your selfie, pour a little bit of water onto the hill and snap a pic of it spill UPHILL. 
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Yellowstone Lake State Park
Blachardville, WI - Lafayette County

  • Physical Address:  8495 North Lake Road, Blanchardville, WI 53516 (Lafayette County)
  • Description:  Home to one of a few lakes in southwestern Wisconsin, 450-acre Yellowstone Lake State Park is a popular year-round recreation area that offers visitors ample space to enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. year round.  A vehicle admission sticker is required.  Take your selfie with the lake in your background.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Carver-Roehl Park 
Clinton, WI - Rock County

  • Physical Address:  4907 South Carvers Rock Road, Clinton, WI (Rock County)
  • Description: A portion of this scenic 53-acre park is designated as a “State Natural Area (SNS),” boasting outstanding examples of the state’s native landscape, archeological sites, and significant geological features.  The park features a rolling 1.5 mile trail loop from which visitors will see the Spring Brook Creek, limestone outcroppings, and a wide variety of plant life.  In season, visitors can cross country ski on this trail.  Park amenities include restroom facilities, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, a gazebo, and a playground.  Take your selfie in front of the gazebo.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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Price Park Conservancy
Elkhorn, WI - Walworth County

  • Physical Address: N6418 Hodunk Road, Elkhorn, WI (Walworth County)
  • Description: Price Park Conservancy is 66.3 acres of rolling hills, wetlands, sedge meadow, shallow marsh, oakwoods, pine plantations, a pond, and open field grasslands. The location also features the 49-acres Mathilde Schriener Woods.  Hawks fly overhead, songbirds sing from the trees, and walking trails meander over rolling hills, and around a large pond. Dogs are welcome.   Take your selfie by any park bench along the trail.
  • Download the scavenger hunt questions for this destination HERE
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