How do you combine modern technology with an old-fashioned hike in the woods? The answer is geocaching, a great activity to get the whole family exploring together.
The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is sponsoring a Geocaching Workshop on Saturday, February 19, starting at 10 am at the Ridges’ Marshall Cabin (8288 Hwy Q, Baileys Harbor). Cost is $10 per family (1 or 2 adults and their children under 18). Pre-register by calling the Northern Door Y at 920.868.3660 or The Ridges Sanctuary at 920.839.2802.
According to Geocaching.com, the official GPS cache hunting site, “Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers outdoors, called geocaches, and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.”
During the workshop, they’ll discuss what geocaching is and how it got started. You will then seek out several caches hidden along the Sanctuary trails. Participants should bring their own GPS receivers if possible, but some units will be available for use during the workshop. Dress to be outside for about an hour, and wear warm footwear.
Geocaching: An Outdoor Techie Scavenger Hunt is one in a series of programs called “No Family Left Inside.” These programs are offered by the Door County Y, the McArdle Library and The Ridges Sanctuary and 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.
Upcoming No Family Left Inside programs include:
- Build a Bluebird House, Saturday, March 19;
- Signs of Spring, Saturday, April 16; and
- Frog Walk, Friday, May 13.
All programs are held at The Ridges Sanctuary.
The Ridges Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve located just north of Baileys Harbor at 8288 Hwy Q. Trails are open to the public year round for a small fee (members may hike at no charge). For more information and a schedule of upcoming programs, call 920-839-2802, or visit our website at RidgesSanctuary.org.