Trails Day offers geocaching

Bozrah - posted May, 21 2013

BOZRAH- In Celebration of CT Trails Days on June 1, (rain date June 2) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., volunteers will be on hand to assist with geocaching at Maples Farm Park. Geocaching is a growing phenomenon that combines a real-life, outdoor treasure hunt with GPS-enabled technology. Now for the first time, a wildlife-themed geocaching adventure, at Maples Farm Park in Bozrah, Maple’s Farm Park at 45 Bozrah Street (Route 163) in Bozrah is home to a Ranger Rick’s Geocache trail providing families a free, high-tech outdoor activity featuring Ranger Rick and his pals from the award-winning children’s magazine published by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Here’s how it works: Families start the adventure online at www.geocaching.com/rangerricktrails to find the trail available at Maples Farm Park in Bozrah and print the downloadable passport game sheet. Each geocache will have its own page online with information about the location and terrain, clues to help you find the treasure and coordinates for downloading onto a GPS unit or Smartphone. Then it’s time to hit the trail and start the search. Along the way, families will actively observe and connect with their natural surroundings, stimulating kid’s imaginations and curiosity while keeping them moving. When families find a Ranger Rick’s geocache and shout “Eureka”, they will sign a log book found inside the cache. Using the clue card and paw print stamp, also found inside the cache, they will guess which of Ranger Rick’s pals were there before them and stamp their passport with the answer. Each geocache contains a different clue card and paw print stamp featuring Ranger Rick or one of his pals. Geocachers love to trade treasure items. So before moving on, families can take a treasure from the box, but must replace it with something of their own. If you are one of the first to locate a treasure box at Maples Farm Park you might find a pair of kid’s binoculars, or a flashlight. Then it’s time to hit the trail again in search of more geocaches. Once back home, go online to check passport answers at RangerRickTrails.com and learn more about Ranger Rick’s pals. Kids can also share stories about their adventure with other geocachers who found the cache at www.geocaching.com.


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