Frequently Asked Questions


We know... the event can be a bit tricky to wrap your brain around - especially if this is your first time "Questing."  Not to worry - we can walk you through it one question at a time.  

The BEST place to start is to read the 2022 Glass Quest Participant Booklet.  Sigh - yes you need to read... 


The 2022 Great Northwest Glass Quest begins on Friday February 18th and ends on Sunday February 27th.  

Each business posts the time and days they are open for Glass Quest.  Community Sites and Parks are open from sunrise to sunset.

Nope. Questing is FREE.

You can Check-In Online each day that you Quest.  This information helps us get data for future grants AND we draw one winner each day to win a Glass Ball!  Multiple entries per day or entries prior to the event will be deleted.  

We do appreciate donations to keep this event going - please see to donate. Every $10 donated will enter you into a drawing to win the #1 or #2 Glass Ball from 2022.

Nope. Questing is FREE. However, we do appreciate donations to keep this event going . Please see to donate. Every $10 donated will enter you into a drawing to win the #1 or #2 Glass Ball from 2022.  

For 10 days (2/18 - 2/27) businesses and parks throughout Stanwood & Camano hide plastic clue balls. When you find a plastic clue ball you win a LIMITED EDITION Hand-blown Glass Ball. You are searching for a plastic CLUE BALL, not the glass ball! Clue balls in outdoor locations will always have a piece of paper inside them directing you where to go to claim your Glass Ball.  Some indoor locations use paper inside - but not always since you are already in their business!  See the "What am I looking for" below for a photo of a clue ball vs. glass ball. Please bring photo ID to claim a glass ball (parents of minors will show their ID.)

Participating businesses and parks are listed under "Places" in the App. Go to either a participating business (note days and times open) or a Community Site to search for clue balls.

Booklets for 2022 are available in digital format ONLY. You can download one HERE or view all information on our Glass Quest App. If you really want a booklet UPS in Stanwood has them to purchase for $8 (color) or $5 (black & white)

You are searching for a clear, plastic 3 inch “clue ball” – these clue balls can be camouflaged but should always be in locations where you do not need to move store merchandise or disturb plants, etc. SEARCH WITH YOUR EYES ONLY! Clue balls in outdoor locations will always have a piece of paper inside them directing you where to go to claim your Glass Ball.  Some indoor locations use paper inside - but not always since you are already in their business! 

That is part of the “QUEST” – you do NOT know when clue balls are hidden, found, or when businesses put new balls out. Refrain from asking Business Owners if the clue ball has been found, they have taken an oath to not share that information. Daily updates for clue balls in select parks will be on the website and social media at the end of each day.

New clueballs go out EVERY DAY during the 10 day event - including the last day! So there is no day that is "better" than others to Quest.

Some participating businesses choose to put out “clues” for the clue balls – visit each location to get the clues, follow the business on social media, and visit their websites for more information. This varies per participating business and they do NOT have to provide clues.

These Hidden Treasures are TREASURES because they are not easy to acquire – a general rule of thumb for Questing inside a business is that if you have not found a clue ball in 15-20 minutes you should probably move on – do not loiter!

There are over 350 Treasures to be found in 2022! Remember there are so many other "treasures" to find during your Quest . A new shop, a beautiful hike, new friends on the trails - have fun out there and embrace the thrill of a fun experience.

Limited Edition Glass Balls are limited to ONE PER PERSON per year – please respect this and share the treasures with others! The person who finds the clue ball must claim the glass ball - you cannot claim them for others.  You will also be asked for photo ID to claim a glass ball.  ID of parent or guardian will be required for minors.  When you win a glass ball we will also take your photo and have you sign a photo release form.  

We do post DAILY updates for clue balls in some of the Parks that have not been found - every day of the event around 5PM. We do NOT post updates for any participating businesses - or the clue balls they may hide in the Community Sites. Embrace the "thrill of the hunt!"

You can check on the updates here.  

Probably one of the most asked questions or requests.  YES - the Quest would be much easier if we gave you a live update on when clue balls are found but we do have a few reasons why this doesn't happen.  

  1. Businesses pay to participate in this event - and they want you to visit their locations throughout the entire event.   If it was public information when each clue ball was found the stores would not see the same amount of traffic and would not have a vested interest in participating.  
  2. It is a TREASURE HUNT - and we try our best to encourage you to "Embrace The Thrill of the Hunt" which means seeking other treasures and enjoying the experience.  

We understand that this makes the event difficult (nobody said it was easy!) but hope this gives you some perspective and understanding.  KEEP CALM and QUEST ON!

The Limited Edition Glass Quest balls are not for sale (thus they are a TREASURE to only be FOUND). However, you can purchase Unlimited Edition Glass Balls at some locations (ask the participating local businesses) for $50 by showing you have the GQ (Glas Quest) App or, for the regular price of $65 (discount applied to one ball). Unlimited Balls for sale are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

We do NOT have a PASSPORT for the 2022 event; instead, you can check-in online using the GQ App each day you Quest.  On St. Patrick’s Day, we will be drawing for glass ball winners from the check-in names. 

Additionally, you can receive a discount on UNLIMITED Balls by showing you have the GQ App installed.

Yes! Many participating businesses are ADA Friendly, as well as the participating parks (some clue balls may be hidden on unpaved trails however).

We want this to be a fun event for you and the participating businesses so please abide by the following Rules:

1. BE RESPECTFUL - Businesses have opened their stores to you for this event - please abide by their signs and policies. Shop and perhaps and purchase something while you are there!

This also goes for the COMMUNITY SITES - respect nature and stay on the trails. DO NOT hit or poke at the vegetation! NO WALKING STICKS or sticks of any kind are allowed in Community Sites.

2. DON'T ASK - respect the "Thrill of the Hunt." Businesses have taken an oath not to share if clue balls have been found; please don't ask them if it has! 

3. USE YOUR EYES ONLY - clue balls may be camoflagued but you should not need to move merchandise OR items in nature to find it.

4. Time's Up - if you have not found a clue ball within 15-20 min. in a store it is probably time to move on. Come back tomorrow and try again.

5. ONE PER PERSON - please respect that LIMITED EDITION Glass Balls are limited to ONE PER PERSON per year.  Photo ID will be required to claim a glass ball.  Children claiming will be asked to provide ID of an adult with them.  

6. Please follow all COVID-19 safety rules - wear a mask, stay socially distanced, etc.

7. Most importantly - HAVE FUN and BE KIND to each other! 

We are not able to have special Kid Questing or Angels of Glass Quest Events in 2022.

We are incredibly grateful to be able to have this event in 2022 . However, we ask you to follow the guidelines for COVID-19 safety during the event. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow ALL rules at businesses - including limiting your time inside a business to allow others to quest. These guidelines can be found on Pg. 31 of the booklet.

In February there is always the likelihood we could have snow - or windstorms - and most likely a bit of rain. Welcome to the PNW in February! If there is an extreme weather event some businesses, parks, and/or roads may need to close. If this happens pay attention to our website front page for alerts - we will update you if we know of extreme weather affecting businesses. The event is 10 days so there is always plenty of time to hide and find clue balls - plus snow adds a special element of camouflage!

Community Sites are locations where businesses can hide clue balls. These may be businesses that don't have a store front or ones that prefer not to have high traffic inside their business during the event. See the list of approved community sites on pg. 39 of the booklet. We ask that you PLEASE respect vegetation in all Community Sites - no sticks of any kind are to be used. Stay on the trails and leave no trace!

Yes.  Unfortunately due to the damage to vegetation created by Questers in 2021 (specifically using sticks and walking sticks to destroy plants and animal habitat) the State Parks (both Cama Beach and Camano Island) have decided to not participate in 2021.  

THIS is why it is crucial we respect our parks and shops during the event.  Please join us in reminding Questers to follow the rules during the event.  We appreciate your help. 

There are plenty of Community Sites still participating - make sure to see the list on pg. 39 of the booklet or under the Updates & Community Sites page of this website. 

The most important thing to keep in mind is to HAVE FUN and BE KIND. Seriously. We all need some fun and kindness in this crazy world - enjoy the people you meet, the stores you visit and the trails you hike.

If the above did not answer your question, please email or call 360-629-7136 and we will get back to you as soon as possible! Please try NOT to post questions to social media as these are difficult for us to manage during the very busy event.