Spring is here…in all its buds-budding, sun-shining, bird-chirping glory! While I truly love all four seasons, no other season makes my appreciate the beauty and wonder of this earth than Spring.
It’s fitting, then, that Earth Day falls in April, April 22nd, to be exact. Earth Day was started in 1970 as sort of a small, grass-roots event. Today it’s recognized all over the world as a day to appreciate our amazing planet and to raise awareness about issues affecting Earth like climate change, pollution, deforestation, water scarcity, lack of biodiversity, and soil erosion to name just a few.
At homes, schools, and public places all over the world, people will be celebrating the day with projects, activities, conferences, and programs.
To mark Earth Day this year, Grimes Farm and Conservation Center is hosting a FREE GeoEarth Scavenger hunt on April 22nd for kids and families from 2:00-4:00 P.M. The registration deadline is tomorrow, April 14th, so be sure to sign up asap if you wish to participate!
The Marshall County Conservation Naturalist, Emily Herring, will be on hand to give a lesson on how to use a GPS. According to the press release from the Marshall County Conservation Board, “each GPS unit will have coordinates programmed in it, each team will then use the GPS to find hidden treasures spread throughout the Grimes Farm.”
We spoke with Emily Herring about the event.
1. What is the Geo Earth Scavenger hunt?
It is a futuristic scavenger hunt, where families head outdoors and use GPS to find treasures hidden around the Grimes Farm Area.
2. How did it come about?
The idea came to me over 12 years ago when I was working in Boone County. I have been doing similar scavenger hunts ever since. This will be the first scavenger hunt in Marshall County and at the Grimes Farm.
3. What ages would most enjoy the hunt?
This is great for all ages of youth. Youth as young as 3 can participate with a parents help, where 6th graders can do the activity more on their own. All youth will need to have an adult present at the event, because they will be hiking trail and wondering the Grimes Farm in search of loot.
4. Tell us three words to describe the event.
Outdoors, Free, and Fun
5. Anything else you want families to know?
The event is on Earth Day from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The registration deadline is April 14. Anyone who is wanting to participate must preregister by calling the nature center at 641-752-5490.