2017 Summer Letterbox Adventure ends Sunday, Aug. 6 … sort of
SUMMER LETTERBOX UPDATE: We’re nearing the end of Summer Letterbox Adventure, which officially ends Sunday, Aug. 6. That means you can no longer register, and that’s the last day to pick up your Summer Letterbox color-change cups from the libraries. (We did change one rule: You can get a cup if you found at least ONE box.)
BUT here’s some good news! We’ll keep the boxes out in the parks until the end of October, so if you didn’t get a chance to finish you can still have fun finding the hidden boxes (in the cool of autumn) AND we have plenty of cups. So after August 6, you can pick one up at Hogback Ridge Park (9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays), or at Deer Haven and Shale Hollow Parks during Ice Age Exhibit hours (check the Ice Age web page under Programs for current hours).
We hope you had a blast! We love this project, and are thrilled that Delaware County families love it too.
Join us next year, Memorial Day weekend, for the 2018 edition of Summer Letterbox Adventure.
2017 LETTERBOX INFO: Sign up at your favorite county library; registration information is in the “third big change” paragraph, below. After sign-up, you’ll get your Letterbox booklet and you can start your adventure! Just remember to find all eight boxes by August 6 to win a prize.
We have a fun, new theme — Nature’s Builders — and the nature facts and clues will take you on an exploration of bird nests, meadow vole trails, and trees cut down by beavers. Each clue will take you closer and closer to the little box hidden along the trail. When you find the box, you’ll be able to stamp your booklet. Once you find the boxes in all eight parks, you’ll take your booklet to the library to pick up a prize.
We do have some big changes this year. First, you no longer have to race through the parks to be among the first to finish in order to get a prize. Everyone who completes the project, in all eight parks, will get a prize, even if it takes you until August 6, which is the last day of Summer Letterbox 2017. We also are not doing a drawing of bigger prizes; we’re sticking to something a little smaller, so every finisher gets a reward. (Take your time and enjoy your adventure in the parks! We won’t even have the prizes until after June 2.)
The second big change is in the booklet itself. The booklet serves a double purpose this year; it’s the Letterbox book, but if you flip it over, it’s also the Ice Age Safari booklet. In that project, you’ll look for silhouettes of Ice Age animals in five parks (and yes, all those parks also have letterboxes), mark down the park where you found each animal, and take the booklet to Deer Haven Park or Shale Hollow Park for a prize. There is a lot more information about the Ice Age project on the Ice Age page, here on the website. (Look under Programs.)
The third big change is how you register. At Wornstaff Memorial Library in Ashley, and at the Sunbury Community Library, nothing has changed. You’ll still sign up on paper, and forms will be at the library.
At the four Delaware District Library branches (Delaware, Orange, Powell, and Ostrander), you will register on-line through the library’s on-line Summer Reading Program registration system. Click below to connect to the online registration system. There also is a link to a pdf explaining the step by step registration. You’ll still pick up your booklets at the library, however, after you register. (The library staff will be able to find your registration). And you’ll pick up prizes at the library, after you find all eight boxes.
We’re super excited about the Letterbox Adventure this year (and the Ice Age program, too). We’re looking forward to seeing you out in the parks, and happy searching!