This cache is one in a series of state park caches sponsored by the Wisconsin Geocaching Association in cooperation with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources to promote geocaching in our state parks.
Copper Culture State Park is so named because of the 1952 archeological excavation here that unearthed the remains of an ancient culture that learned to tool copper left behind by the last glacier. It is the oldest known burial ground in all of eastern North America dating back some 7500 years. A free museum on the grounds has displays of the excavation and of Copper Culture tools as well as other artifacts relating to the history of the area. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Park services include water, bathrooms, and picnic shelter with grills. Interpretive signs along the trails in the 48 acre park guide visitors through the archeological history. No state park sticker/pass is required at Copper Culture State Park. Link to the Copper Culture State Park and Museum. Click Here
The container is a medium-sized clear plastic lock and lock box that has room for a few trade items and travel bugs and is located along the Woodland Trail that begins at the upper parking area. Please keep to the trail. No bushwacking is required. It is recommended that you bring bug repellent. Also, be reminded that it illegal to remove anything from Wisconsin’s state parks. Copper Culture State Park is a protected archeological site.
The Lake Michigan shoreline dominates the till plains biome. This biome was shaped by the last glaciation with glacial till left behind forming the landscape of eskers, drumlins and moraines most easily seen within the Kettle Moraine forest units. The lakeshore displays sand dunes that will often adjoin tamarack swamplands. Close to Lake Michigan’s shores, birds of water such as shorebirds and ducks will be found. Animal life may include White Tailed Deer and small mammals such as otters and fox.
WISCONSIN GEOCACHING ASSOCIATION
The Wisconsin Geocaching Association (WGA) is a group of geocachers dedicated to promoting and protecting geocaching within the state of Wisconsin. The WGA organizes geocaching events, works with land owners/managers on geocaching policies, educates the public at large about geocaching, and facilitates communication between WGA members. To learn more about the WGA visit: www.wi-geocaching.com
2013 kicks off the beginning of the Wisconsin Geocaching Association State Parks series. It is our goal to place a geocache in every state park in the state of Wisconsin so watch out for more in this series that encourages geocachers to explore the natural resources in this beautiful state of ours.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin DNR managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: http://www.wi-geocaching.com/hiding
Permission to place the cache was filed with Maggie Kailhofer, DNR Park Manager on 7/20/2013.