in the environmental classroom). Letterboxers can search for
the letterbox without interfering with any athletic events except for
the home cross country meet which is always held on the last Thursday
of August and the grade school CC meet the first Wednesday of October.
(As I am the cross country coach, I would strongly recommend you avoid
those dates unless you want to get trampled!) Also, the wetlands
can be very wet (flooded or muddy trails) if there has been a lot of
Jackson is located at the intersection of Hwy. 45 and Hwy. 60 in
Washington County, WI, twenty minutes north of Milwaukee. Just
east of Hwy. 45 on Hwy. 60 is a stop light where Hwy. 60 intersects
County P. Take County P south about a mile to the first
crossroad (Sherman Road). Head east on Sherman Road 2.6 miles
(over railroad tracks, past Maple Road) to where there is a gravel
road on the north side of Sherman Road between a farmhouse and another
house (it is 1/4 mile west of Division Rd (Hwy. G) which is the first
stop you come to after the railroad tracks). The gravel road is
blocked by a metal gate after a few yards. Enter on the gravel
road and park off to the side near the gate.
Walk north along the gravel road to the end of the tree line on your
right. As soon as the tree line ends, take a right turn up the
embankment to the large sign located in front of a small wetland.
Read the large sign explaining what this area is about and
decipher the first three cryptogram clues (see the end of these clues).
Enjoy the new "Green Machine" - the windmill that gives power to the
Standing next to the sign, turn to the north and spot the baseball
field in the distance. Walk to the beginning of the home run
fence in right field. (This is the finish line of our CC course.
If you are there in the fall, you might still see the finish line
painted on the ground.) Walk
along the home run fencing from its start in right field to its end in left
field, and count the number of vertical poles in the ground that
make-up the fence. Keep this number for later: F = _______
At the end of the fence walk forward 15 paces. You will now be at the end
of the "snowmobile trail" located down the embankment from leftfield.
Turn right and go down the trail "F" paces to where the
Head on the NW trail (bearing 323 degrees) to its end at the "fishing pond"
(some students may be fishing here). Answer cryptogram clue #4.
Count how many birdhouses there are in the pond. Keep this
number for later: H = ______
Go back to where the trail had split and take the NE trail (bearing 49 degrees) this
time. Stay to the left on that trail as it follows along the
fishing pond. Soon you will come upon a large rowboat (unless
it's being used in the pond or in the shed for maintenance). What 4-digit
number is part of the boat's registration code? Keep this number
for later: R = ______
Turn around and face south and take the trail on the left (bearing 167 degrees) until it
meets up with the snowmobile trail again. (This is where the trail might
get muddy.) Turn left and head
straight down the snowmobile trail until you are forced to turn right
where the trail meets the "island pond". Follow the path as it
goes around the island pond. On your way around, you might check
for any snakes under the "snake board" on your right at the first trail
intersection you come to. (Here students study the variety of WI
snakes local to our area - if they aren't too afraid.) Continue
around the front of the island pond. Stop at the picnic table. Count
the number of island(s) in the pond. Keep this number for later:
I = ______
At the picnic table, take
the right trail (not the one you came on) and stay right until you come out of
the wetlands. Turn left and walk along the rim of the wetlands
until you find a large engraved rock standing up in a landscaped area.
Answer cryptogram clues 5-7. What Psalm is quoted? Keep this
number for later: P = ______
Take the trail that enters the wetlands to the left (north) of the
engraved rock. You will soon reach the outdoor classroom located
on a small peninsula. How many benches are there (don't include
picnic tables)? B = ______
Now use the numbers you
collected to calculate (sorry, I'm a math teacher too!) the compass
heading you need:
Add up all of the digits of the numbers you collected: ______
Reverse the digits: ______
This is your new bearing. Stand in the middle of the classroom
benches and spy the brown and green man-made object at the heading you
calculated. You need to get to that object (hint: use the path
around the pond).
Once at the object, answer cryptogram clue #8. Face west and take
the trail to the right to the picnic table that you can see. Sit
down at the picnic table and decipher the final clues using the code
from the cryptogram clues.
1) Name of this
2) What the last "E" stands
3) The school's
4) What man-made object is at the end of the trail?
5) What is the 4th engraved
6) What type of
7) What is the 8th last engraved
8) What is the 4th word on the
VNPK FA NMEV NGPEZ PV EN BFHV
DHNTHHA NMH NTF
LFARV PAR NMHA NCGAV GEBMN.
PJNHG P ZHJN DHAR EA
NMH NGPEZ, KFC TEZZ QFWH NF P
VWPZZ DGERBH. NMH
ENHW KFC VHPGQM JFG EV CARHG
NMH GEBMN VERH FJ
NMH GPWL TMHGH P GFQU QFXHGV
ENV MEREAB LZPQH.
Continue on the left path to a familiar place and then back to your car.
Thanks for visiting! I hope you had a nice time!