The Clinton River Quest invites the community to explore and learn about the Clinton River watershed in Oakland and Macomb  counties.

The Clinton River Quest invites the community to explore and learn about the Clinton River watershed in Oakland and Macomb counties.

Photo provided by the Clinton River Watershed Council

‘Clinton River Quest’ offers family fun in the watershed

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 21, 2020


ROCHESTER HILLS — Families are invited to embark on a watershed scavenger hunt to become a “River Ranger” this summer in a new program offered by the Clinton River Watershed Council.

Clinton River Watershed Council Executive Director Anne Brasie said the Clinton River Quest was created to provide the community with a fun activity to help get them outside and learn how they can play a role in protecting the watershed while staying active.

“Obviously, with the pandemic, a number of our summer activities had to be canceled. We know that people are finding solace and comfort in spending time in nature, so we came up with this idea to give families a way to explore the watershed and learn more about why it’s important and how they can help protect it,” she said.

The scavenger hunt, sponsored by Pure Oakland Water, runs through Sept. 30.

Program Coordinator Kati Yates said participants, also known as River Rangers, will receive a guidebook with an optional 32 activities. They will choose their adventure by completing 10 activities across the watershed, such as visiting a restoration or green infrastructure implementation site, identifying a native plant or animal along the river, paddling the state-designated water trail or participating in an educational workshop or cleanup event. River Rangers are encouraged to take pictures of their adventures throughout the quest.

“Some of the activities have further learning that they can explore through links online and then they can get out in the watershed,” Yates said.  

Throughout the scavenger hunt, officials said, River Rangers will learn about the history of the watershed, how it directly affects water quality and the communities around it, and the critical role every individual plays in protecting natural water resources and wildlife.

“The Clinton River Watershed is a precious natural resource, and it takes the entire community to help protect and enhance it to keep it healthy today and for future generations,” Brasie said in a statement.

The first 50 River Rangers who complete the Clinton River Quest will receive a prize — a double-walled steel water bottle or a $15 gift card to Plants for Ecology, a locally owned native plant seller.

Those interested in participating can register at

Registration costs $15, and participants will receive a T-shirt and a guidebook. All activities included in the scavenger hunt are free.

The Clinton River Watershed spans 760 square miles across 63 communities in Oakland and Macomb counties. It has more than 600 native plants, is home to several native fish species and boasts ample recreational opportunities for fishing, paddling, swimming and hiking.

“There are so  many things that the Clinton River Watershed Council is involved with throughout the watershed — from restoration projects to green infrastructure, education, stewardship, cleanup — it’s almost hard to encompass it all,” Yates said. “To me, putting together this guidebook really is a way to share this with everybody that lives in the watershed so they can know what we do and so they can also be educated on everything we believe is important to be stewards of the watershed.”

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