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‘High-Tech Scavenger Hunt’ Launched at Griggstown Grassland Preserve

Geo Cache07 Think of it as a high-tech scavenger hunt.

That’s how some describe geo caching, the sport of finding hidden items on trails, using maps and GPS devices.

It’s popular around the world, and on Oct. 27, a northern New Jersey caching group helped launch the trail at the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve’s Cache Trail off Canal Road.

Between 50 and 75 people from the township and the region were expected to show up for the trail’s inaugural run.

The preserve’s geo cache trail overlays six separate trails, which run a total distance of about 5.4 miles. A variety of items were hidden at different spots along the trail for the cachers to find and document.

The geo cachers register at Web sites, where they give themselves geo caching names and look for new trails to search. The sites are also where the cachers record their finds.

The trail was designed by John Neale, president of the Northern New Jersey Cachers. Neale goes by the geo caching name of “Old Navy.”

Neale said many of the trails are set up to be educational.

In Griggstown, he said, “we put in caches that are all Audubon-themed caches, so you can learn about the park, learn about the birds, the nature, and then we also added caches about the history of Griggstown, so the caches you’ll be finding will be historic.”

Mark Fortin, chairman of the township’s Trails Advisory Committee, said the group decided to partner with NNJC “to get a chance for people to see spaces they might not have seen before.”

“This is a great way for us to get the word out that we have great spaces,” he said.

Hala El Attar of Franklin Park said she and her sister-in-law decided to take their niece on the trail “because we thought it would be interesting, and we’re finding it’s a lot of fun, different.”

Everyone who finished the trail received a special token containing the township seal.

Maps of the trail can be obtained from the municipal building and the township’s Web site.

Geo Caching in the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve

 

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