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AN NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! GEOCACHING!

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A GPS SCAVENGER HUNT AT THE HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL

Heather Carscadden has worked in Outdoor Education for about 10 years at various centres including the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Muskoka Wildlife Centre, Sciensational Snakes, The Arboretum at U of G, Mad Science of Toronto and Mansfield Outdoor Centre. She is currently Education Coordinator at the Kortright Centre for Conservation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Heather has a degree in Wildlife Biology from University of Guelph and is also a certified teacher. Her GPS SCAVANGER HUNT is a new event for the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and it promises to be educational, Entertaining and rewarding. So bring your own GPS unit or borrow one and join Heather in the hunt on Saturday, June 1, at 1:30 PM. We asked her how she got interested in “Geocaching” and to tell us what to expect.

Heather and Friend

Heather and Friend

“I grew up camping nearly every weekend in the summer at once a month in the winter, either with my family or with scouting groups. I love canoeing, hiking and biking and do those things as often as I can, which of course is never often enough.”

“I have taught map orienteering, compass orienteering and GPS orienteering to many school children over the years. I first developed my GPS scavenger hunt for the Algonquin Naturalists weekend, which runs out of Camp Arowhon every year in the fall. I have been a presenter there for a couple years now.

“This program mixes a short lesson about GPS basics with a scavenger hunt. We’ll start by looking at different GPS units and talk about the emerging sport of Geocaching (check out Geocaching.com for a neat introductory video). Next we’ll navigate to a couple different spots together to make sure that everyone knows what they are doing. Finally I’ll send you out on a scavenger hunt with a twist. You’ll get a list of nature trivia questions and each answer will have a different set of coordinates for your GPS unit. Guess the right answer and the coordinates will lead you straight to a box hidden in the woods, guess the wrong answer and you’ll find a note hanging in a tree saying “Try Again !” I’ll have different sets of questions for nature experts or for younger families and nature newbies. If you’re around on Friday you might see me sneaking around the park setting up the courses, say hello, but don’t move the boxes please! There will even be some prizes of “unbelievable value” for the winners.”

“One reason I really like Geocaching is that is gives my exploration a purpose. While I love walking in the woods, it’s even more fun when I get to walk in a new area and search for a hidden cache!”

This little gnome is my 'Travel Bug'. I placed it in a geocache years ago and its been around. When found people bring it to a new cache.They log in on-line geocashing.com so I can see its progress.

This little gnome is my ‘Travel Bug’. I placed it in a geocache years ago and its been traveling around the world. When people find it they bring it to a new cache. They then record where they’ve taken it at geocashing.com so I can see its progress.

Geocache once hidden at Mansfield Outdoor Centre.

Geocache once hidden at Mansfield Outdoor Centre.

Another travel bug found in a geocache north of Toronto and taken to a Niagara winery last summer.

Another travel bug found in a geocache north of Toronto and taken to a Niagara winery last summer.

This one's mission is to visit as many wineries as possible.

This one’s mission is to visit as many wineries as possible.

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL, 2013

MAY 24 – MAY 27

MAY 30 – JUNE 2

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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