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Letterboxing – the lowtech alternative to Geocaching

Posted by freeschool on January 17, 2008

Another hobby for the new year:  Letterboxing, the low-tech alternative to geocaching.

Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several web sites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a logbook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp on their personal logbook, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s logbook — as proof of having found the box.

Some links to get started:

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Geocaching

Posted by freeschool on January 16, 2008

 

A new hobby for the new year… why not try Geocaching with the kids?

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value.

Start with Geocaching.com.

via Mental Floss

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Chicagoland Field Trip Guide

Posted by freeschool on January 2, 2008

Brought to us by Three Rivers Library:  a guide to field trips around Chicagoland, listed by county.

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