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Sep 26, 2014

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 second annual FVCC Geocache Adventure on October 18. 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 more than 2.5 million active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. It is estimated there are approximately 4,500 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 competitive 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 competitive course will be timed and more suited for avid navigators, as it will consist of 16 geocaches scattered across the entirety of the 216-acre FVCC property. Additionally, the competitive course will involve a number of “challenge stations” that will test participants’ skills.

 

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 again this year,” said Natural Resources Associate Professor Christina Relyea,Ph.D. “Last year’s event was a great success, and we’re looking forward to another strong turnout.”

 

FVCC student Dewain Rosenthal also pointed out that “planning the Geocache Adventure is a unique educational experience since we get to use our classroom knowledge to organize a community event.”

 

Prizes for each easy course participant will be stored within the hidden containers at each of the 10 geocache locations. For the competitive course, the first place winner will receive a Garmin™ GPS. Second and third place prizes also will be awarded.

 

Preregistration is required, and the deadline to register is October 15. Space is limited, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early. Participation is free; however, in lieu of paying a registration fee, participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Northwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry the day of the event. Registration forms are available on the FVCC website at www.fvcc.edu/geocache. 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.

 

Registered participants are asked to report to the main entrance of the Arts and Technology Building (N 48°13.66333′, W 114°19.55667′) 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.