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"Cache" in at the Nature Center’s Monthly Nature Series

Post Date:05/23/2017 4:13 PM
May 23, 2017

Patti Jett
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell

"Cache" in at the Nature Center’s Monthly Nature Series

Looking for a hobby that takes you out of doors, is fun for the entire family and can be done with very little expense or expertise?  The Baytown Nature Center, 6213 Bayway Drive, continues its monthly Nurture Nature Series with a special presentation of "Geocaching 101," Saturday, June 3 at 10 am. Baytown residents Larry Houston and Ana Yowell will explain the sport of geocaching, demonstrate different types of caches, and go over geocaching etiquette, rules and safety.  Ana will explain the new Baytown GeoTour sponsored by Baytown Tourism. 

After the lecture portion of the workshop, the group will find some of the dozen or so caches hidden throughout the center. 

Still wondering what geocaching is? It's a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices (including most smart phones). Free apps are available to download to your phone. Participants navigate to a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Some caches contain small trinkets for trade, travel bugs (small items that are tracked online as they make their way from cache to cache), or other small souvenirs. Finds are logged online along with hints and other tips for other geocachers. There are approximately 2 million active geocaches, and over 5 million participants world-wide. Locally, a quick search at finds over 8,000 caches in a 50 mile radius of Baytown, enough to keep even the most avid geocacher busy for a while. 

What makes a GeoTour special is that it is a series of geocaches that have a special connection to one another, creating a tour of a much larger area - like Baytown! The Baytown GeoTour (GT7A) requires a passport (that can be printed or picked up at Buc-ee's-Baytown) which allows players to accumulate points for great prizes like an official GeoTour yowie, flashlight, and trackable Texas shaped geocoin. Visit for more information about the Baytown GeoTour and watch a fun video of kids explaining the process.

The monthly nature program gives visitors the opportunity to learn about many facets of natural history. In order to safeguard our natural world and its inhabitants we must first understand the purpose and importance of each component. With understanding comes appreciation for the role each plays; understanding and appreciation lead to protection.

The Nurture Nature Series is held the first Saturday of each month.  The program is free with regular admission of $4 for adults and $1 children 5-12 and older. 
A nature center visitor discovers a hidden cache.
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