For Families: Art Show July 28; Scavenger Hunt August 4 at The Fort

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Riddle me this” Scavenger Hunt & “The Fort Art Show”

 Lyrics of a popular song declare that ‘the children are our future’. The National Park Service highly values education programs and opportunities for youth. In keeping with that spirit, Fort Scott National Historic Site will be hosting events geared toward youth in the next few weeks.

On July 28, 2018, the site will be hosting an art show commemorating the beauty of the fort and its history. Artists of all ages are invited to submit a drawing or a painting that illustrates something related to the fort. Artwork must be submitted at Fort Scott’s visitor center no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 26. Please be sure to include your name, telephone number, email address, category, and title of artwork with each submission. There is no fee to enter.

Art will be on display on July 28 throughout the day in the infantry barracks museum next to the visitor center. The art will be divided into two categories; Grades K-12 and adults (age 19 and above). Awards will be given to 1st and 2nd place for each category. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favorite piece of artwork: the popular favorite overall will also receive an award. So come join us for a day of art and fun!

On August 4, 2018, you, your family and friends are invited to participate in a Scavenger Hunt at Fort Scott NHS from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. During the scavenger hunt, your team will solve riddles that will help you find various items around the fort. You may sign up as a team (up to six people) or as a single participant. An award will be given to the group or person that finds all the hidden items in the fastest time. All you will need is a cell phone or a digital camera to take a picture of the item and your thinking caps. The scavenger hunt will start precisely at 10:30 a.m. Participants need to be on site, ready to go, no later than 10:15 a.m. All ages are welcome to come! Come and see if you can find them all! Participation is by registration only. Call 620-223-0310 or come by the site to register no later than July 29, 2018.

The Youth Engagement Team, high school age students working at the fort this summer, is leading these events. The team’s job is to find ways to engage with youth and to bring more youth to the site this summer.

For more information about these programs, call 620-223-0310, or visit our website at

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