Come to Devil’s Lake State Park on Saturday, April 8th and join the park naturalist for a Letterboxing adventure! Drop in at the park’s nature center between 10am t0 2:30pm to get started.
Letterboxing combines elements of hiking and treasure hunting into an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues and recording their discovery in their personal journal stamping the rubber stamp that’s found in letterbox.
Be sure to stop in at the Nature Center first. The naturalist will have journals for you to take with you. (Or you can bring your own). The Nature Center will also have clues you need for this adventure.
What is Letterboxing?
Letterboxing is an intriguing “treasure hunt” style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online on one of several Web sites. There are about 50,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and may contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s logbook .
Letterboxing is said to have started in England in 1854 when a Dartmoor National Park guide, James Perrott of Chagford, left a bottle by Cranmere Pool with his calling card in it an an invitation to those who found the bottle to add theirs. Eventually, visitors began leaving a self-addressed post card or note in the jar, hoping for them to be returned by mail by the next visitor (thus the origin of the term “letterboxing;” “letterbox” is a British term for a mailbox). This practice ended in time, however, and the current custom of using rubber stamps and visitor’s log books came into use.
To learn more or find other Letterboxes in your area check out www.letterboxing.org.