BENTON, IL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Rend Lake is partnering with the St. Louis Area Geocachers Association to host this year’s National Public Lands Day Cache In/Trash Out geocaching event on Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. beginning at the Rend Lake Visitor Center. This will be a community opportunity open to geocachers and non-geocachers alike to hunt for the geocaches, including new caches, while making Rend Lake more beautiful. Geocaching is an exciting, family-friendly activity that involves searching for hidden treasures using GPS coordinates. This event is free and open to the public.
You do not have to geocache to be part of the CITO. Those who do wish to geocache will be sent out in teams. You can form your team, as large or as small as you’d like, before or at the event. All teams will register the morning of the event. Each team will choose a map with a section of Rend Lake to CITO. Bags and latex gloves will be provided for the trash pickup after finding the geocaches. Be prepared to walk through the woods and dress accordingly. You will need a smartphone, water, bug repellent, long pants, and good walking shoes. The teams that are the first to find the eight new geocaches will receive a certificate for one free night of camping at one of the Corps managed campgrounds at Rend Lake (one certificate per group).
For those who are unfamiliar with geocaching but would like to learn how, a Geocaching 101 course will be offered the day of the event at 10:45 a.m. in the Rend Lake Visitor Center. This course will teach participants what a cache is, how to find them, and will find a geocache with the instructor. After the course is over, visitors will be welcome to join the event and search for other hidden caches around Rend Lake while cleaning up.
Stay tuned to the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center Facebook page for updates on upcoming events and educational programs at www.facebook.com/rendlakeusace. For further information and questions, please contact the Rend Lake Project Office & Visitor Center by calling 618-724-2493.