Author: Robin Katrick – Program Manager, RiseVT-Chittenden County

Fun events, backyard adventures, trails to hike, and secret codes?! Count us in! This fall people of all ages were outside exploring and searching the great outdoors for secret codes placed around Richmond, Bolton, and Huntington.

In collaboration with Come Alive Outside and University of Vermont Medical Center, RiseVT Chittenden County created a fall activity passport to encourage folks to stay active through the fall months. Secret codes were changed out weekly and could be found everywhere from Camel’s Hump trails to Bolton’s Little Libraries to the Richmond Farmers Market. Every week you could return to the locations and search for the new code.

Winners of the passport will be announced at the end of November and with fun prizes such as lift tickets to Bolton Valley, cooking classes at Richmond Community Kitchen, annual pass to Sleepy Hollow, and a gift card to Get Air, participants will definitely want to stay tuned for that announcement.

In the spring of 2019 we will launch our second passport, but you don’t have to wait for future passports to explore the outdoors. You can create your own adventures! See below for some great ideas for creating your own outdoor scavenger hunt and stay tuned for our next passport!

Tips for Creating Your Own Scavenger Hunt

  • Pick a theme: Colors, shapes, sounds, birds, flowers, and more are all great themes for a scavenger hunt when you’re outside exploring.
  • Trails Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of trails you want to hike over an extended period of time and check them off as you go.
  • Seasons Scavenger Hunt: List out all the winter activities you want to complete. Some ideas are: sledding, building a snowman, snowshoeing, build a fort, and more!
  • Farmers Market, Garden, or Farm Scavenger Hunt: How many different vegetables can you find?!