Cane Quest Pacific Northwest

Participants at Cane Quest Pacific Northwest 2022
A participant at Cane Quest Pacific Northwest 2022 is celebrated during an opening ceremony.

Cane Quest Pacific Northwest will be Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cane Quest Pacific Northwest is a regional orientation and mobility event for students as young as 2-years-old through grade 12, organized and run by Richland School District. Cane Quest was developed by the Braille Institute of America and aims to empower and celebrate visually-impaired students while bringing the whole community together.

Participants navigate designated routes through instructions and the assistance of volunteers. The routes are designed locally to test skills in navigating residential and commercial areas as well as public transportation.

New for 2023!

NW Association for Blind Athletes is bringing Goalball and Beep Baseball to PNW Cane Quest!

  • Goalball is a silent sport where participants attempt to roll a ball with bells into an opponent’s net for points. Opposing players must remain on their hands and knees and use ear-hand coordination to block shots thrown at their net.
  • Beep baseball is a version of America's pastime developed for those with vision impairment. The sport uses audio cues such as balls that beeps and bases that buzz to alert and guide players.


Cane Quest PNW will be Friday, Oct. 6. This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

Time Event
8:30 a.m. Participant Check-In
9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Explorer & Trailblazer Route Judging
  • Scout NWABA Goalball Paralympic experience (gym)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Scout Route Judging
  • Explorer & Trailblazer NWABA Goalball Paralympic experience (gym)
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lunch
12 - 1:30 p.m. NWABA Beeping Baseball (All Participants)
1:30 - 2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

2023 Participant Forms

2023 Volunteer Information

A required volunteer training will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Participant check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and Cane Quest Northwest events will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer clean-up and wrap-up will be 2-3 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to all the students who showed off their mobility and navigation skills at the first Cane Quest Pacific Northwest and to all the families, volunteers and community partners who supported them! Check out a video and photos of the big day and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!


Mandy Carpenter
Teacher of Visually Impaired/Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Linda Mcfall
Teacher of Visually Impaired/Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Thank you to our sponsors and community partners. Without you, this event would not be possible.


Pacific Foundation for Blind Children
WA Dept. Services for the Blind

Community Partners:

  • Ben Franklin Transit
  • Local Lions Clubs
  • Sandy's Trophies
  • West Richland Police Department

2022 Event Photos

Interesting In Being A Cane Quest Sponsor?

Help us support visually-impaired students in our community and across the Pacific Northwest. We are looking for sponsors to help cover costs of Cane Quest Pacific Northwest such as meals and lodging for participants and volunteers.

For more information, contact