Letterboxing and Passport Program Launched for 2017


Saratoga PLAN has kicked off the spring 2017 season with a fresh batch of passports and new additions to the popular Letterboxing and Passport Program. Thanks to the creative work of PLAN volunteer, Kim Dellis, PLAN now maintains updated letterbox clues at five additional PLAN Preserves and Partner Trails in Saratoga County, including the Spruce Mountain Trail, The Zim Smith Trail, Railroad Run Trail, The Saratoga Siege Trail, and the Round Lake Preserve. Check out the Explore pages for more information on these trails and preserves, including maps and directions.  

Dating back to 1854, letterboxing has a long and interesting history of English origin. Saratoga PLAN has adapted this tradition to serve the community with letterboxing at PLAN’s nature preserves and partner trails. Each preserve and trail has a hidden letterbox and is paired with a set of clues to help you find it. When you find a letterbox, use the stamp inside to mark your PLAN Passport, and leave a comment or note by writing in the notebook or sending us one of the postcards included inside. When your passport is complete, come visit PLAN’s office in downtown Saratoga Springs to exchange for a special T-shirt.

This program is a favorite among parents with young children because it encourages kids to visit and interact with fourteen local natural areas, all of them providing unique ecological, cultural, or historical features to learn about and explore. The passports themselves can be used by anyone, young or old, and make a handy and portable reference for residents in the area, providing directions to all these great outdoor places within Saratoga County.

Passports can be picked up at PLAN’s office in Saratoga Springs, or at kiosks located at the trailheads of PLAN’s preserves. Stop in and meet the Saratoga PLAN team and read more about letterboxing here.


  1. Kristy

    Our family has been to multiple trailhead kiosks and haven’t been able to get any passports. Will the kiosks be replenished?

    • John Kettlewell

      We have lots of passports in our office at 112 Spring Street, or email us with your mailing address and we will send you one.

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