What’s even more fun than a treasure hunt? How about an outdoor adventure that combines treasure hunting, modern technology and a hike in the woods?
Geocaching is a great way to get the whole family exploring the outdoors together. The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will hold a Geocaching Workshop & Treasure Hunt on Saturday, February 18, from 2 – 4 pm at the Ridges’ Marshall Cabin (8288 Hwy Q, Baileys Harbor). Cost for this program is $15 per family (1 or 2 adults and their children under 18).
Ridges volunteer Ray Osinski will lead the workshop session which focuses on what geocaching is and how this popular high-tech game got its start.
“The basic idea is that participants use GPS devices to locate hidden containers called geocaches outdoors and then share their experiences online,” explains Ridges naturalist Karen Newbern. “This activity can be enjoyed by people from all age groups which makes it a perfect fit for our No Family Left Inside programming.”
Following the workshop, attendees will seek out several caches hidden along the Sanctuary trails. Participants should bring their own GPS receivers, if possible, but some units are available for use during the workshop.
“The treasure hunt will last roughly an hour,” says Newbern, “so everyone should dress accordingly and wear warm footwear.”
No Family Left Inside programs are held throughout the year and are offered by the Door County YMCA, the McArdle Library and The Ridges. Programs are designed to give parents and children the opportunity to explore nature together. Through these outdoor adventures, families can re-connect with the natural world and with each other. Partial funding for No Family Left Inside events has been provided by Cellcom’s Green Gifts program.
Space for the Geocaching event is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call The Ridges at 920.839.2802 or the Y at 920.868.3660.