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Get Outside and Win Prizes with Decode Douglas County Challenge

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher June 24, 2024

Summer has officially returned to Colorado, and so has the Decode Douglas County Outdoors challenge. This is a great activity to get your whole family outdoors and moving again. It's as easy as 1-2-3 to participate!

  1. Print your Decoder Booklet. If you prefer, you can pick one up in the lobby of the Philip S. Miller County Building, located at 100 Third Street in Castle Rock, or from the outdoor brochure holder of the Douglas County Parks Office, located at 9651 South Quebec Street in Littleton.
  2. Read the rules, learn how to play, and find your starting point.
  3. Unlock the treasure chest by visiting eight Douglas County Open Space or Park locations.

When you arrive, look for the posts within each location. To solve the code, find a numeric clue in the center of a plaque atop a square post along the trail or in the park. Each post has a plaque affixed to it with a unique image. Place your decoder booklet over the plaque and use a crayon or pencil to make a rubbing of the image to "stamp" your passport.

The Decoder Booklet provides the first location of your required eight, and each location leads you to the following location until you have collected all eight numbers.

When you collect all eight stamp rubbings, you've cracked the code! Use the numbers you've found to open the locks on the Decode Douglas County Outdoors treasure chest. You'll win a prize and be entered into the grand prize drawing.

So, pack your Decoder Booklet, remember your crayons or pencils and the rest of your outdoor adventure needs... and begin your outdoor adventures. You might unlock the code to access a treasure chest of prizes!