



Students and parents of students should read my introduction to letterboxing before seeking the boxes. 

These clues rely on the use of matrices to encode/decode clues. Go to this page to learn how to do this on a free graphics calculator simulator or to do it by hand.  
Be sure to read through all the clues before looking for the boxes so you know what is expected of you.
First off, decode the following message to know the park to go to:
Now that you have found the location of the box, drive to
the park. As you enter the park turn into the left parking spot and park next to
the green dumpster.
Now go up to the hexagon shaped platform and stand in the middle of it. Stand facing in between the two slides and find the discriminant of this equation: Y = 3x² + 4x  6. Now if you think this equation has real roots then go down the right slide. If you think it has imaginary roots go down the left slide.
From the end of the correct slide you should see a path a little ways ahead of you. Go down the path to the first intersection. Take the path whose bearing is the discriminant you found above. Now at the next intersection, go to the black single stripe pole and look at it facing north. Figure out the roots for this equation: x²  180x + 7316 The sum of the roots will be the number of degrees you need to turn to the right. Continue down the path ahead of you until you come to the next intersection (it will be a while and you'll cross a bridge).
At the next intersection, stand in the middle and face so
there is a path on your left, right, and straight ahead. Take the coefficient of x and flip it upside down. Then flip it right to left. Your result should look like the first letter of the word for which patch you should take. Follow that path for a while, turning a corner along the way, to the next major intersection.
As you approach the intersection, keep facing the way you
are, but stop when you are lined up with the red single striped pole to your
right.
Now think all the way back when you found the constant of variation. The constant of variation will be the number of trunks the tree has (they should all be connected but some may look broken and are lying on the ground). The trunks form a pit The box is located in the pit under the roots/base of one of the standing trunks and covered by leaves. When you are finished with the box, please rehide it the way you found it. Thanks! 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer. 
