THOMSON – For those looking to get outside and do some exploring, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge might have the answer.
A Curing Cabin Fever V Geocaching event is planned for March 22. The event will begin with a meet and greet from 10 a.m. to noon at Heirloom Market/Cafe, 2200 state Route 84. This will provide a chance for participants to get together and share their geocaching experiences with a meal. There will be an introduction to the geocaching class from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road. Then, geocaching will commence from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt using a hand-held Global Positioning System receiver (GPSr) to find a treasure or cache. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value.
To reserve a spot for the event, got to www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river or call 815-273-2732 ext. 116. The event is free and is geared towards beginners, but all levels are welcome. You don’t need to own a GPSr; you can borrow one from the refuge for the day. If you do bring your own, please be sure to bring your cable to connect to the computer for downloading cache locations.
Experienced geocachers are needed to volunteer and help with the field practice. Contact the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to volunteer.