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Free introduction to geocaching on Monte Sano (March 23, 2014)

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The Land Trust of North Alabama is holding the second event of their Spring Guided Hikes Series on Sunday, March 23rd. Land Steward, Brandon Perry, will teach hikers how to geocache.

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.

Activities will include caching tasks geared toward beginners. The hiking trail itself is rated easy-to-moderate.

WHAT: Spring Guided Hikes Series: Geocaching 101 On Monte Sano Nature Preserve

WHO: Suitable for all ages. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but should remain on a leash. The Land Trust suggests wearing long pants and comfortable closed-toe shoes with good tread, and bringing bottled water, snacks, and a camera.

WHY: You want to learn about the growing hobby and sport of geocaching.

WHEN: Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cancelled for rain. (Verify cancellation via the Land Trust of North Alabama’s website or Facebook page.)

WHERE: Huntsville. From University Drive and Memorial Parkway, follow Pratt Avenue East, through the Five Points business district. Continue through Five Points as Pratt changes to Bankhead Parkway. The Land Trust hiker’s parking lot is on the right, 1/2 mile past Toll Gate Road. Park at the south end of the lot and walk past the bollards to the Land Trust Environmental Education Pavilion.

HOW: Free to the public, but donations are encouraged. The Land Steward will have a few GPS units to loan but you are encouraged to bring your own.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit Land Trust of North Alabama online and on Facebook. Download the Monte Sano PDF Map.

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