Volunteers Search for Cache, Clean Up Trash

Heidi Enninga
April 26, 2015 10:44 PM

Local enthusiasts say geochaching, a technology-based scavenger hunt, is their way to explore the great outdoors. In the spirit of Earth Day, they combined that hobby with preservation of the natural beauty they enjoy.

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This weekend, local geochacers joined together with community volunteers including the Congdon Park Daisy Girl Scout Troop for "Cache In, Trash Out." The event focused on protecting natural treasure, while hunting for a different kind of treasure, a cache, nearby.

Mark Irving, is an avid geocacher. He said he's visited all 134 of Duluth's city parks. Irving said everyone can do his/her part to beatify some of the the city's most picturesque landscapes.

"These are beautiful areas that are scenic," Irving said. "Duluth is blessed with 134 parks. If you see something that can be cleaned up, do your part. Make it nice for everybody here."

Irving said it's not uncommon for geocachers to bring a trash bag to clean up whenever they're out looking for a cache.

"Most of us, when we're going into the woods, when we're doing cacheing, you'll see us doing it all the time," Irving said.

Jessica Hehir brought her two girls, both girl scouts, to the event.

"We live in Duluth to take advantage of the great outdoors and raising your children here, you want to teach them to be good stewards of the environment," Hehir said. "I think my girls are just getting a lot of really great life lessons really early and I hope that we can keep doing this, either with the scouts or with our family because this is what it's all about, getting out there, protecting our environment."

This weekend, volunteers also cleaned up a section of Lakeside near Lester Park.


Heidi Enninga

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