Tree Quest Game

Welcome to the Paul Revere Common

Tree Quest Game

Purpose

The Paul Revere Common

Credits and Acknowledgements

Site History

Site Map

Getting Started

4 Key Game Components

Overview of the Game

Safety Precautions

Purpose

The PRHC Tree Quest Game is an interactive, experiential, on-site approach for teaching middle school students and the public about the importance of trees to our community and environment.

The Paul Revere Common

The PRHC is a nine-acre parcel on the east branch of the Neponset River located in the heart of Canton, Massachusetts. This former industrial site, which was crucial to the success of Paul Revere’s 1800s Revere Copper Company and the 1900s Plymouth Rubber Company, has been through several changes of ownership and use over the past 200 years.

Today, after extensive demolition and clean-up, this park now provides the community with much needed open space near the center of town with accessible walkways and landscaped premises, including over 150 recently planted trees. See the Site Map, below.

Credits and Acknowledgements

OrganizationNamesRoles
PRHCBetsy SugameliCo-Sponsor
Tom BirminghamCo-Project Manager
Patricia CohenCo-Project Manager
Pam D’AgostinoCurriculum Advisor
Steve SchottenfeldWebsite Designer
Larry McCuskerScience Advisor
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOLPrincipal Chris FliegerCo-Sponsor
Christine BowersCo-Faculty Advisor
MA AUDUBONSean KentArt & Science Advisor
Sammi OcherEducation Coordinator
CANTON HISTORICAL SOCIETYGeorge ComeauCo-Historic Advisor
Sepp BergschneiderrCo-Historic Advisor
CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARYAnn WoodmanChildren’s Librarian
Carolyn ElkortOutreach
LEBLANC JONES LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTDoug JonesPrinciple
Meaghan KeefeAssociate

Site History

Canton, Massachusetts, is rich with history, and the newly planted trees surrounding the PRHC help frame one of Canton’s most historic sites. On this property stands the renovated Revere Copper Rolling Mill and Historic Barn, both with a storied past.

Today, these structures have been transformed for new purposes, including a full-service restaurant and museum space.

Revere Copper Rolling Mill

Historic Horse Barn

Site Map

Getting Started

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To help visitors enjoy this special property, the Revere & Son Heritage Trust, which oversees the entire historic site, approved the installation of tree identification tags and the development of Tree Quest Game.

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This Game has 12 Stations laid out across the PRHC in strategic locations. Each Station features both a particular tree species and unique feature of the property.

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The QUESTions & ANSWERS section for each Station require students to apply their knowledge gained in the classroom, including their understanding of the lifecycle of trees, water and nutrient absorption, photosynthesis, biodiversity, botany, forest management, natural and man-made threats, and other important aspects of trees.

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Each Station also has a “DID YOU KNOW?” section that helps build upon the lessons provided in the Tree Quest Game.

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Each Station also has a “WHAT ELSE DO YOU SEE?” section that explains a unique feature of the site. Be sure to improve your observational skills by carefully studying this historic site and read more about these special park features.

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By completing the Tree Quest Game, students and others will gain a deeper understanding of tree science, history, and the environment, while experiencing a fun, hands-on adventure around the beautiful PRHC.

4 Key Game Components

1. Tree Quest Game Stations

Station 1 – The Waterfall

Station 2 – The Mill Pond

Station 3 – The Point

Station 4 – The Channel

Station 5 – The Dam

Station 6 – The Culvert

Station 7 – The View

Station 8 – The New Bridge

Station 9 – The Way

Station 10 – The Old Bridge

Station 11 – The Copperworks

Station 12 – The Columns

2. Questions & Answers

3. Did You Know?

4. What Else Do You See?

Overview of the Game

The Tree Quest Game is like a scavenger hunt and encourages students to visit all 12 Stations spread across the PRHC. Each Station has been selected to highlight a unique feature of the landscape and special tree.

A tree tag has been installed at each Station to help identify the selected tree species. Each tree tag includes a QR Code, which the student can scan gaining access to a Fact Sheet about how to identify each tree. Each Fact Sheet also includes the Quest Game Questions and Answers (Q&A).

Prhc Tree Quest Game Instructions

Step 1 – Grab Your Device

Step 2 – Find Station 01

Step 3 – Scan The Qr Code

Step 4 – Follow Instructions To Complete The Game

Safety Precautions

While Enjoying The Game, Please Follow The Park Rules To Ensure Safety And Enjoyment For All.

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The Park is open to the public from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
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Please do your part to keep your Park clean and respect its neighbors and other Park visitors.
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No discharging of firearms of any kind, including arrows and paintballs.
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No smoking, vaping or consumption of alcohol.
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Commercial activities and formal group events require a permit.
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Dogs must be on leash and cleaned up after.
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No organized sporting events or golfing are allowed.
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No fishing, swimming, boating or ice skating on any Park waters.
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No biking, skating, skateboarding or use of motorized vehicles, except for those with mobility disabilities.
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No drones.
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No fires or barbeques.