About Us

South Shore Quests was formed in 1998 by Dick Norton to encourage exploration of the outdoors through the use of clue-directed walks through local public lands and parks.

Check out this great video to learn more about South Shore Quests.  Thank you to Hingham’s Community Access Channel.  After you’ve watched the video try out the Herp Hunt Quest for yourself.  You can locate the quest on the Try a Quest page.

Weir River Watershed Association

In 2004, South Shore Quests was adopted by the Weir River Watershed Association. A watershed is the area of land that catches rain and snow and drains into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. Watersheds connect communities. All of the Quests in this booklet are located in watersheds.

Our People

The dedicated people that make South Shore Quests possible are individuals that love the outdoors. They volunteer their time to make the quest books, write the trail clues, create the treasure boxes, and promote use of the quest trails so that we all can share the beautiful surroundings of the South Shore. Watch this space for more details on just who those people are.

History of Letterboxing

It started in 1854 in Devon, England, when a gentleman hiker told his friends, “I have placed my calling card in a bottle at Cranmere Pond (a good 6 miles across Dartmoor, each way), and I advise you find it. Just leave your own card when you get there.”  The game gradually caught on and today there are over 10,000 organized treasure hunts. In Devon, the hunts are called “Letterboxes”. The idea was brought to northern New England by David Sobel in 1993, in response to a plea from friends far away to increase people’s appreciation of their communities. At present, there are over 200 Quests in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, in Vermont and New Hampshire.

2018 trail updates

Quest Books

Where to buy your copy of the 2018 South Shore Quests book. Only $5 for hours of fun.

Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road 781-383-6565

Buttonwood Books and Toys, 747 Chief Justice Cushing Highway 781-383-2665

Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street 781-741-1405

South Shore Audubon Society, 2000 Main Street 781-837-9400
Ventress Memorial Library, 1837 Ocean St #15 781-834-5535

South Shore Natural Science Center, Jacobs Lane 781-659-2559
Norwell Public Library, 64 South Street 781-659-2015

New England Wildlife Center, 500 Columbian Street 781-682-4878