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The Environmental Magazine: Green treasure hunts

Green treasure hunts – Tools for green living: resources for eco-awareness and action

Karen Madsen

Letterboxing is a great way to get the whole family excited about the outdoors. This family quest has been practiced in Dartmoor Park, England for 150 years, and it has been gaining popularity in many other parts of the world. With the help of riddle-like clues and hand-drawn maps, participants search for hidden letterboxes, while exploring areas of natural or historic interest. Inside each box is a unique rubber stamp that hikers use to mark their journals and replace for future searchers to find. Local children in Vermont and New Hampshire created many of the playfully rhyming entries in Valley Quest: 89 Treasure Hunts in the Upper Valley (Vital Communities, $12.95), compiled by editor Steven Glazer. The book includes clever maps and instructions on how to create a letterbox quest in your own community.

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