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Introduction to geocaching in Chatham County

Posted Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Hidden treasure in Chatham County? Join us for a free introduction to geocaching using GPS units to find hidden caches. Geocaching is a fun way for young and old to combine enjoying the outdoors, using modern technology, and promoting good stewardship of the environment. Our trip will be held at the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest at 2832 Big Woods Road.

We will begin with basic instruction on geocaching and GPS units, then form teams to search for hidden caches around the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest (walking, no driving involved). No previous experience necessary. GPS units will be available if you do not have one, or bring your own if you do. Our guide will be William Slater with the NC Geocachers Organization.

Please note: this trip is limited to 25 people maximum. Meet at the Shelter. For a map to the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest click here and to the location of the Shelter go here. Register for this trip by contacting Central Carolina Community College - Pittsboro campus Continuing Education office at 919-542-6495 ext 8044.

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has joined with the Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) to help promote the college's new Ecotourism program by offering a series of guided field trips this summer. The trips will highlight Chatham County's natural areas and opportunities for birding, canoeing, and hiking while emphasizing the importance of conserving natural resources. Field trip guides will be members of CCP who have expertise in topics related to the trip locations. These trips are free and open to the general public but please register in advance since minimum age restrictions or maximum group size may apply to some of the trips. Contact for more information about the field trips.

CCCC's new Ecotourism program offered at the Pittsboro campus is the first of its kind in the state, designed to prepare individuals for employment opportunities as ecological tour guides, interpreters, or entrepreneurs. Ecotourism is travel to natural areas that focuses on local natural resources while also fostering environmental awareness. For information about enrolling in the Ecotourism program, contact CCCC at 919-542-6495 ext 8044.

Chatham Conservation Partnership is a broad-based group of organizations and individuals with a common interest in conservation in Chatham County. Anyone with an interest in conservation is welcome to participate in CCP meetings and activities. Formed in 2006, CCP's mission is to develop and implement strategies for a community conservation vision that builds awareness, protection, and stewardship of Chatham County's natural resources. More information about CCP is available on their web site.

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