Citizens for Conservation's Youth Ed Committee presented a program on "Geo-caching" on Nov. 9
Over fifty participants arrived at the Barrington Hills Riding Center to learn about using global-positioning units (GPS) and to search and locate caches hidden at the pastoral setting on the sunny day.
After a brief welcome by CFC volunteers, Jill Hidding of the Barrington Park District explained what geo-caching is all about. Presenters had hidden caches on three acres surrounding the horse barn, and Hidding told participants how to use the caching field guides she had provided.
Participants formed seven teams to find the eight hidden caches. The first cache name was “Bird” with waypoints of N42 08.240 and W13.267. Children used a decryption key to decipher the word clues, and when they found the cache, the group stamped their field guides and wrote the letter from the cache in their guides.
Some caches were easy to find like a “rock” close to the front of a building while others were difficult to spot such as the cache in the small hole of a split rail fence.
Participants could see the general location of the other teams, but had to use their GPS units and clues to locate the tiny caches. Some participants managed to use the GPS application on their smart phones to aid in locating the caches.
Team five was first to find all of their caches.
Back in the warmth of the clubhouse, participants enjoyed juice-boxes donated by Costco of Lake Zurich while Bidding explained where the eight caches were located.
Toward the end the day, participants decorated grape vine wreathes as a holiday craft. Upon completing their wreaths, some participants ventured back outside to find the elusive cache and complete their field guides.
Source: Citizens for Conservation press release