Friday, January 23, 2009

"Treasure Hunting with a Twist" Event

Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is sponsoring a "Treasure Hunting with a Twist" program April 11, 2009 (Easter weekend) from noon to 4:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and is for all ages.

The park plans to hide a number of letterboxes and geocaches throughout the park (these will be temporary ones, available on the day of the event only). In addition, there will be several hidden-in-plain-sight type of hunts and other activities. Some activities will be easy and designed especially for small children; others will be more elaborate and require more hiking.

I am looking for volunteers wishing to help with the event. Volunteers are needed to make, hide and retrieve boxes, caches and other items (the park has a GPS unit if you'd like to hide a geocache) as well as write appropriate clues. I also need volunteers who wish to greet visitors at the registration table, help hand out clues and coordinates, and provide instructions. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the stamp carving workshop for beginners. If you have ideas for planning or activities you would like to see at this event, I would love your input.

Lastly, because we have limited funding for this event, I am looking for donations of materials and supplies, especially the following: stamp carving material, carving tools (these can be returned), logbooks, containers (these can be returned), trinkets to hide in the geocaches, first finders prizes for the letterboxes, already-carved stamps (to use as temporary signature stamps or to hide in letterboxes--these can also be returned).

I have no idea what kind of turnout we might get, but I have already advertised the event on both and We will also be advertising through our regular media channels. There is no registration limit, but if you wish to attend the event, you will need to call the park office at 673-449-7400 between March 11 and April 11 to register.
For more information, please contact me at the park phone number above.

Kathryn DiFoxfire aka Fox-fyr

Thursday, January 15, 2009