Community Scavenger Hunt – How much do you really know about the place where you live?

(This is the first in a 3-part series, running through the Month of March)

Attention children of all ages!  Farms of Amador, the Foothill Conservancy, and Mother Lode Land Trust have come together to develop a community scavenger hunt, a fun and creative way to begin explore  our communities. Our hope is to inspire you to get outdoors and learn more about the area where we live. Who knows, by putting these pieces together you may even learn some of your town’s secrets! No matter where you live, how old you are, or whether you are on foot, on a bike, or in a car, you can participate in this fun event!

Each scavenger hunt item asks you to do something or find something in your community. There are many different ways to get the information you need and complete the list of 20 items. Some things are specific, like getting a menu, a signature, or taking a picture. Other things ask you to be creative. We will share a few items here on our website and in the Ledger Dispatch each week. Three items to get you started are: “Draw or take a picture of a place where people go to have fun”; “Research the history of your community by locating a historic marker and making a crayon rubbing of the sign or write a sentence about why it is historical”; and “Find out where your community’s water comes from and then illustrate the source.” The only rules are that you be respectful of people and businesses, and that you don’t trespass or take anything without permission.

Download the packet, available in Word or PDF or you can visit the Historic Chichizola Store at 1324 Jackson Gate Rd. in Jackson to pick up a packet. Store hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. (please wear a mask). You may even find some hints there! You can also visit the Facebook pages of Farms of AmadorFoothill Conservancy, or the Mother Lode Land Trust to get the packet. If you are a teacher or student and you want your class to participate, send us an email and we can help you get what you need. Prizes will be offered for categories like most unique, most items found, etc.

Final packets need to be received by Wednesday March 31 at 4 p.m. You can email them to or drop them off at the Chichizola Store. Winners will be announced in the paper on Friday April 9t.  We hope everyone enjoys learning new things about where we live. Good luck, and happy hunting!


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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.