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Oct 8, 2013

FVCC Presents Geocache Adventure

Flathead Valley Community College and students in the natural resources conservation and management program invite the community to participate in the first-ever FVCC Geocache Adventure October 19.  The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the FVCC campus.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational scavenger hunt that involves participants using global positioning system (GPS) coordinates to locate hidden objects.  The real-world, real-time scavenger hunt has drawn 2,241,790 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. It is estimated there are more than 3,700 geocache items hidden within the 59901 zip code alone that anyone can hunt for at any time.

The FVCC Geocache Adventure will be comprised of an easy course and a difficult course.  The easy course will be designed for families and children ages 12 and under and will consist of 10 caches hidden around the immediate campus on the FVCC property.  The difficult, competitive course will be timed and more suited for avid navigators as it will consist of 16 caches scattered across the entirety of the 216-acre FVCC property.

Each course is designed and tested by the college’s natural resources students and is  intended to improve participants’ skills in using navigational tools, including a compass and GPS, while providing fun for the whole family and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

“We are excited to bring geocaching to our campus and involve our community,” said Dr. Christina Relyea, natural resources assistant professor.  “Navigation is an important skill to have, especially where we live.  Navigation not only enhances your favorite outdoor activities, but more importantly, it can help you to be safer while you enjoy them.”

Prizes for each participant of the easy course will be stored within the hidden containers at each of the 10 locations.  For the difficult course, the person who comes in first place will win a Garmin GPS.  Second and third place prizes also will be awarded.

Participation is free, and registration is required.  Registration forms are available on the FVCC website at www.fvcc.edu.  Participants must provide their own GPS or mobile phones with GPS capabilities.

More detailed descriptions of the FVCC Geocache Adventure courses are provided on the online registration form.  Participation will be limited, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register for the event early.

Registered participants are asked to report to the main entrance of the Arts and Technology Building (N 48013’39.8”, W 114019’33.4”) promptly at 10 a.m. on the day of the event to sign in and receive coordinates before beginning the adventure.

For more information on the FVCC Geocache Adventure, contact Relyea at 756-3946 or at crelyea@fvcc.edu.  More information on geocaching can be found at http://www.geocaching.com.