Last Saturday, April 29th, a new geocaching program was unveiled at the Wayne County Museum. This program started as a project proposal, written by Executive Director Rebekah Fitzgerald, that was submitted to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Wayne Class (LWC) last August. After choosing a proposal, the LWC learns all about Wayne County, past and present, and then the project is started in January. Eight months later, we have a completed project!
Put simply, geocaching is a fun, interactive scavenger hunt that uses GPS to find boxes with hidden treasures inside. It attracts people of all ages and is used all over the world, sustained by people who want to see more of the world around them. Go to geocaching.com for more information.
The Wayne County Heritage Geotrail went “live” at 10:00 AM on April 29th, 2017. This geotrail includes 50 geocaches spread throughout Wayne County’s towns and historic places. Each stop on the geotrail provides geocachers with an appealing way to learn about local history while utilizing smartphones in an educational manner. It is unique in that this form of “interactive history” uses a format (the cellphone) that makes history come alive for a new way of experiencing local history. This project has something to offer every individual living in the county, as well as visitors, instead of one particular organization or age group. Not only is this geotrail engaging people within the community with nature, it also connects people to people by bypassing generational boundaries and allowing children, college students, working adults, retirees, and others to intermingle on the geocaching trail; people coming together with people for history.
To get started on the Wayne County Heritage Geotrail, stop by the Wayne County Museum to pick up a trail passport. Prizes for completing the trail are also at the museum!
Special thanks to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Wayne Class, and the many geocachers who contributed to the completion of this project.