|New Intergenerational Geocaching in the Parks program begins in June|
Using a Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate hidden caches in Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks is the goal of a new series of intergenerational programs being offered beginning in mid-June.
This program is called Geocaching in the Parks and is for all ages. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a GPS receiver to hide and seek containers called "geocaches," which contain a logbook and a "treasure" - usually toys or trinkets. Participants will learn in a fun and relaxed atmosphere how to use GPS to track a cache within six to 20 feet. This program will utilize GPS units donated to JCPRD by Olathe-based Garmin International in 2007 and promises to be a great way to be active and to become familiar with local parks while having fun and learning something new. Search for the keyword "geocaching" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.
Three different programs at three different parks on three different dates are planned. Participants can participate in one program or sign up for all three Each program will begin at 9 a.m. on a Friday. The first will take place on June 13 at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. Other programs are planned on July 11 at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, and on Aug. 8 at the Mill Creek Streamway Park. Participants will be notified of exact meeting places prior to the event dates. The cost for one two-hour cache hunt is $8 per person for Johnson County residents or $9 per person for nonresidents.
The JCPRD's ACTIVITIES catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District's website at www.jcprd.com.