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December 05, 2016
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Trailkeeper and CCE celebrate Earth Day with family scavenger hunt

LIBERTY, NY — Youth over the age of eight and their families are invited on an after-school Earth Day adventure in the forest. Trailkeeper.org will offer “Treasures on Turtle Trail” for families on Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day. It will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Turtle Spring Nature Trail. Participants will begin the journey by meeting in the CCE Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center building for a brief overview of the activity. Nicole Slevin, CCE Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Community Educator, will present to families the process of geocaching and explain how groups will use GPS units to discover hidden treasures when venturing outside onto the nearby trail.

According to the official Geocaching website, “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve, but the term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.”

Pre-registration is required in advance. Call 845/292-6180 or email nas96@cornell.edu. A donation of $5 per family is suggested to help support 4-H Youth Development programs. Participants should bring appropriate clothing and footwear for easy to moderate trail conditions. Trailkeeper.org is a one-source outlet for hiking trails and public lands in Sullivan County with easy-to-read, easy-to-access maps and facilities information and guides to hiking safety.