Go on a winter Letterboxing Adventure at Devil’s Lake State Park this Saturday, February 17th! 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. There will be journals for you to take with you or you can bring your own.
Stop at the Nature Center between 10am and 2:30 pm to pick up the clues you need for this adventure and get started!
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 and an invitation to those who found the bottle to add theirs. Eventually, visitors began leaving a self-addressed postcard 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 logbooks came into use.
Contact Sue Johansen, Park Naturalist
(608) 356-8301 Ext. 140