Friday, June 03, 2011

Nature Center Program to Explore Geocaching!

Looking for a great opportunity to get outdoors and learn more about nature? A new monthly program, the Nurture Nature Series, held at the Baytown Nature Center (6213 Bayway Dr.), offers something for anyone looking to get out and enjoy nature while exploring the local area. The series premieres Saturday, June 4, from 10 – 11 am, with an introduction to the fun and entertaining sporting activity known as geocaching.

Larry Houston, a local geocacher, will discuss geocaching and share information on groups and websites where people can participate in this popular pastime. For the uninitiated, geocaching is a “hide and seek” game where players use GPS-enabled devices in an attempt to locate hidden containers, known as geocaches. After finding a cache, they may then log their find and interact with others online.

Houston will lead a geocache hunt for interested participants to search for some of the caches hidden within the Nature Center (there are over 25 caches hidden inside the park). The Nature Center will have 12 handheld GPS units available and participants may also bring their own. Geocaching apps are available online for both iPhones and Android phones.

“This is a wonderful hobby suitable for the entire family,” said City of Baytown Public Affairs Coordinator and local geocacher, Patti Jett, whose family of four has logged over 430 geocaches. “Everyone loves finding a hidden treasure, especially kids. This is something we can do together – getting outside and actually seeing places we might never go otherwise.”

With over 1.3 million registered geocaches active world-wide, and hundreds located in the Baytown area, playing the game is as simple as heading out the front door.

The Nurture Nature Series is the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 am. The program is free with the regular admission of $3 (children under 13 are free) to the Nature Center. “Reptiles” will be the next topic in the series on July 2. Interested in participating? Call 281-420-7128 to RSVP and make sure your space is reserved.

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