Dublin Arts Council has commissioned the creation of Riverboxes™, artist-created vessels that are inspired by the hobbies of letterboxing and geocaching which combine map-reading or GPS skills and artistic pursuit with delightful ‘treasure hunts’ in beautiful, scenic places.

Riverboxes contain a unique artist-made stamp, journal and historical and environmental information for visitors to discover in Dublin parks along the banks of or connected to the Scioto River and its tributaries. Clues to the whereabouts of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found on this site.

Community participants are encouraged to bring a personal journal and an ink stamp, either handmade or commercially produced, as they search for Riverbox locations. Letterboxing/geocaching hobbyists often mark their journals with the ink stamps discovered at each location, and in turn, imprint the site’s journal with their own ink stamp.

An online guestbook has also been created to support the project and to record participants’ experience.

The Riverboxes project is part of Dublin Arts Council's Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River program. Funding and support for Riverboxes has been generously provided by grants from The Dublin Foundation, Honda of America, Target and Washington Township. Ongoing support for Dublin Arts Council is received from the City of Dublin’s hotel/motel bed tax endowment, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The City of Dublin Parks and Open Space Department and the Dublin Historical Society have collaborated with Dublin Arts Council in the project’s development.

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Riverboxes Etiquette and Disclaimer:
Riverboxes are works of public art, created for the enjoyment of all. Please respect the artworks, the journals and ink stamps by carefully replacing the Riverbox contents and securing the enclosure for the next explorer to discover. Riverboxes are located in natural environments. We encourage you to spend time with each, enjoying the lovely surroundings. Please respect the flora and fauna of the Riverboxes’ environment and leave them as you found them. Letterboxing enthusiasts often replace leaves or pebbles around their “find” so that the next searcher will also be able to enjoy the experience of discovery.

Riverboxes are found outdoors, often near water environments, and your search carries the risk of unforeseen hazards. As weather and terrain conditions may vary, it is the responsibility of Riverbox explorers to adequately prepare for the search and conduct themselves with respect to safety and personal abilities and limitations.

Do not let children search for Riverboxes unsupervised.

By utilizing Riverbox clues, the searcher acknowledges the potential risk of the search and accepts responsibility for their own actions, holding harmless Dublin Arts Council and Riverbox supporters.

To learn more:
Dublin Ohio Historical Society
Dublin Ohio Parks and Recreation
Washington Township Parks and Recreation
GPS and Geocaching 101
Geography and Mapping Resources
Geocaching, Fitness and Fun

If you are a first-time Riverbox explorer, feel free to click on the links to download instructions to create a journal and ink stamp.

Please click here for a map to the six parks in Dublin with direct access to the Scioto River.


Awards and Recognition

  • The Dublin Art in Public Places cell phone tour and Riverboxes program received the 2013 Groundworks Group CreativITy award for using technology in innovative ways to advance mission.
  • The Riverboxes program received a 2008 Award of Excellence from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.