Asbury Woods has everything you need to begin an adventure on our 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails. Our self guided activities are a fun way to explore the trails for free!
Orienteering is the act of finding one’s way using a map and a compass. A compass course exists on the trails surrounding the Nature Center and is open for use by the public during daylight hours.
To begin your journey, first stop at the visitor services desk at the Nature Center. You can borrow a compass course kit that includes: 5 compasses, 4 different course maps and a trail map.
The Asbury Woods property is home to 11 permanent geocaches. Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt and is done using a GPS unit or an app on a mobile device. Once you have the coordinates of a geocache you follow your GPS until you are in the right area and then the search is on!
To begin your geocache adventure stop at the Nature Center for a kit that includes: A GPS unit, a geocaching info guide and a trail map
Letterboxing is a “treasure hunt” style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online. There are about 50,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and may contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox's stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox's logbook .
Letterboxing is said to have started in England in 1854 when a Dartmoor National Park guide, James Perrott of Chagford, left a bottle by Cranmere Pool with his calling card in it an an invitation to those who found the bottle to add theirs. Eventually, visitors began leaving a self-addressed post card or note in the jar, hoping for them to be returned by mail by the next visitor (thus the origin of the term “letterboxing;” “letterbox” is a British term for a mailbox). For more information click here.
To begin, you must solve the first clue:
My trail is a color; my spot is in a grove, where trees grow in rows
Spiky seeds my tree gives off
Bakc three, left one, look down; your journey has just begun