4-H Road Trip Challenge

Explore new places or visit old favorites!

Follow the directions below to get credit for completing this Green County 4-H activity, plus help promote 4-H in your community.

How to Complete This Challenge:

  • Choose any one of the specific destinations listed to visit, and download the appropriate scavenger hunt questions to take with you.
  • Visit the destination, and complete the Scavenger Hunt and upload your answers to the appropriate “Participation Report” link.
  • Take a family selfie at the designated spot. Post it on social media with the hashtags #GreenCo4HFamilyChallenge and #4HRoadTripChallenge. If you don’t use social media, but are willing to share your photo, email your selfie to lana.heins @ wisc.edu.

Be aware that the scavenger hunt questions for each destination are meant to be answered by families.  Adult supervision during visits is needed to ensure safety at each of the destinations.  Nearby points of interest are provided as a courtesy for families unfamiliar with the locations.  No endorsement of attractions/restaurants is intended, and the list of options at any location is not nearly complete.


Green County Destinations to Choose From:

Hidden Alley Cat Murals

Physical Address: 1713 11th Street, Monroe, WI 53566 (Green County)
Description: These fun, colorful murals “hidden” in the downtown district are part of a larger beautification of historic downtown Monroe, featuring local and regional artists. As an added bonus, see how many colorful woodcarvings you can find all around town.  Which is your favorite?
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Pearl Island Recreational Corridor

Physical Address: W705 Golf Course Rd, Brodhead, WI 53520 (Green County)
Description: Pearl Island is the area between the Sugar River and Mill Race, north of Brodhead. From Head Gates Park, access a well maintained walking and biking trail that will take you north to the Decatur Lake Dam or south to Brodhead.  All along the corridor are scenic vistas and benches for wildlife watching.
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Lafayette County Destinations to Choose From:

Gravity Hill

Physical Address:  3999 County Road U, Shullsburg, WI 53586 (Lafayette County)
Description: One of the weirdest places in Wisconsin, Gravity Hill is a hill with a slightly downward slope that feels like an upward one.  The optical illusion is created by the surrounding land, making it seem that a car in neutral will actually roll uphill.  You have to experience this to believe it!  There is a “sign” at this location, but no other major clues.  PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY:  With caution, position your car at a “bottom” of the hill, and put it in neutral. Take your foot off the brake for a moment, and you will experience the thrill of your car not only climbing the hill by itself, but gaining speed as it goes. BE ALERT FOR OTHER TRAFFIC!   WARNING. This is a public road! Obey all traffic signs and rules. Where there are hills, there are blind spots. Always bring someone to watch for other traffic. Never try the hill when the road is wet and slippery or during inclement winter weather conditions.  Take your selfie with your vehicle in a safe location on the side of the hill.  For added fun, take a bottle of water with you, and when you take your selfie, pour a little bit of water onto the hill and snap a pic of it spill UPHILL.
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Yellowstone Lake State Park

Physical Address:  8495 North Lake Road, Blanchardville, WI 53516 (Lafayette County)
Description:  Home to one of a few lakes in southwestern Wisconsin, 450-acre Yellowstone Lake State Park is a popular year-round recreation area that offers visitors ample space to enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. year round.  A vehicle admission sticker is required.  Take your selfie with the lake in your background.
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Iowa County Destinations to Choose From:

Nick Engelbert’s Grandview

Physical Address: 7351 State Road 39, Hollandale, WI 53544 (Iowa County)
Description: In 1937, Nick Engelbert began to build an elaborate arched porch of concrete around the front of his farmhouse, ultimately covering every inch of the outside surface of the house with concrete inlaid with shards of china, glass, beads, buttons, and seashells. Over the next 15 years, he created more than 40 concrete sculptures in his yard, combining patriotic themes with imagery from history, fairy tales, mythology, and his own imagination.  The grounds are open during daylight hours all year round.  Admission to the grounds is free; donations are appreciated.
Caution:  Please don’t touch the sculptures. It hurts them, and the shards of glass can hurt you, too. Take your selfie with your favorite sculpture.
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Rock County Destinations to Choose From:

Beckman Mill Park

Physical Address: 11600 South County Highway H, Beloit WI 53511
Description: On the grounds of the 50-acre county park you will see an authentically restored 1868 grist mill, a new dam, mill pond, fish ladder, foot bridge, saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, picnic shelter, vintage garden, nature trail and more. The showpiece of the park is the Beckman Mill, the restoration of which was completed in 1997 by the Friends of Beckman Mill’s volunteer work crew. It is operational with power being supplied by its original 1860s water driven Leffel turbine. In the event alternate power is needed, the mill can be operated by its vintage two-cylinder gasoline engine. The mill was built shortly after the Civil War by millwright William Howe of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In 1882, it was acquired by August Beckman who had previously operated mills in nearby Juda and Hanover. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  Take your selfie in front of the main sign (pictured).
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Walworth County Destinations to Choose From:

Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy
Physical Address:  251 Elkhorn Road, Williams Bay, WI 53191
Description: A 231 acre property comprised of trails, ponds, streams, boardwalks, various ecosystems (prairie, wetlands, deciduous forest, oak woods, kettle, and meadow), a tower, and more.
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Caution:  Bug spray is recommended while weather is still warm.  A short easy hike is required to complete the scavenger hunt—some of which is on boardwalks. Do not take the path off the bridge until after you have confirmed its length and know what you are getting yourselves into.  It’s a long trail.

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White River County Park

Physical Address:  6503 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Description:  A 195 acre park features about two miles of White River frontage, approximately five miles of walking trails, a canoe/kayak launch, cross country skiing, fishing, and more.
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Caution:  Bug spray is recommended while weather is still warm.  An easy 20-minute hike (10 min each way) is required to complete the scavenger hunt. Boots are recommended in case of rain or snow.

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Northern Illinois Destinations to Choose From:

Belvidere Park

Physical Address:  1006 W. Lincoln Avenue, Belvidere, IL (Boone County)
Description: A beautiful park with a wide range of amenities to keep the family busy. Within its 105 acres are : 4 shelters, public restrooms, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, ball diamond, playground areas, accessible fishing pier and the historical swinging bridge. Take your selfie on or in front of the swinging bridge (pictured).
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City of Murals

Physical Address:  Both sides of State Street from Hurlbut Street and progressing east to Logan Avenue, Belvidere, IL (Boone County)
Description: The “City of Murals” began with ten murals created in downtown Belvidere in June, 1997 during a festival initiated by the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce.  As a result, Belvidere received the 1997 Governor’s Art award and was named the Illinois “City of Murals.”  Since that time, the community has supported adding additional murals along State Street. Take your selfie in front of your favorite mural.
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Ellwood House Museum

Physical Address:  509 N. 1st Street DeKalb, IL  60115 (Dekalb County)
Description: The historic Victorian mansion, situated on 10 acres of parkland, was originally built in 1879 for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood. The museum campus consists of seven historic structures, four gardens, and 6,000-square-feet of exhibit space in the Patience Ellwood Towle Visitor Center. Currently the inside tours of the house are closed, however there is still plenty to see on the grounds. The Visitor Center is free and open year-round by appointment. Take your selfie in front of the building pictured.
Ellwood House Architectural Scavenger Hunt
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Lowden State Park

Physical Address: 1411 North River Road, Oregon, IL 61061 (Ogle County)
Description: One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River. Legend has it that Chief Black Hawk, as he left the area after the Black Hawk War, talked of the beauty of the area and admonished his captors to care for the land as he and his people had. Lowden State Park was established to care for the land and allow visitors to share in the beauty as well. The park serves as a memorial to Gov. Frank O. Lowden, who served Illinois during World War I. Take your selfie with the scene by the statue in your background (pictured).
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Rochelle Railroad Park

Physical Address:  124 N 9th Street, Rochelle, IL 61068 (Ogle County)
Description: Rochelle is one of several spots where main rail lines cross as they head from Chicago to all points of interest. Rochelle is one of the few points in the country, however, where such junctions boast two double tracks crossing each other at grade, forming four diamonds” (so called for the shape of the rails at the crossing). Take your selfie in front of the train car (pictured).
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