Zeroes to Heroes | Theodore Roosevelt
In Wisconsin, United States
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Welcome to the Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve and the "Zeroes to Heroes" naturalist cache collection, a series of puzzle caches that highlights some of the most influential Naturalists either from Wisconsin or with many ties to the state. Our hope is that you will come to learn a thing or two about Wisconsin's rich progressive preservationist and protectionist history, spearheaded by these incredible individuals who began their humble journeys with one singular purpose: To pass on our rich natural heritage to our offspring of tomorrow by doing our best to preserve it today.
The series is also an attempt to bolster the confidence of cachers who may have never considered creating or placing a puzzle cache by pairing them with some of the valley's most prolific puzzle and traditional cache placers.
When the name “Theodore Roosevelt” is uttered, the first image to come to most listeners’ minds is one of a bold officer leading the charge up San Juan Hill. While that image carries some truth, perhaps his greater legacy today is one that has benefited geocachers throughout the nation: that of a bold conservationist.
As a child, young Teddy was plagued with poor health caused by asthma. His intense interest in nature, however, was unbounded, and by age 8, he had gathered his first of many specimens, the skull of a dead seal that had washed ashore. He developed skills in gathering and preserving specimens, with detailed notes and sketches that chronicled his growing knowledge. He studied Natural History while attending Harvard University.
Roosevelt the President is almost universally remembered for his brash foreign policy. Yet Roosevelt the naturalist also lived in the White House. During his tenure, with the same type of bullishness as he exhibited in the international arena, he established a natural empire the like of which the world had never seen. He was able to see the need to establish a means to preserve areas of natural beauty for all to enjoy and worked diligently to establish the National Park System we enjoy today.
To discover the coordinates that will lead you to this cache, you’ll have to do a little historical research of your own. Discover some of Roosevelt’s significant acts taken on behalf of our nations’s natural treasures by learning these interesting facts.
R. = Third digit of the year Crater Lake National Park was created.
O = First digit of the year that Roosevelt acted to prevent railroad construction on the rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
O = Last digit of the year Olympic National Forest was designated.
S = Second digit of the year Mesa Verde was designated a National Park.
E = First digit of date on which Roosevelt designated Devils Tower as a National Monument.
V = Date of signing of Antiquities Act (-7).
E = Last digit of the year Antiquities Act was signed by Roosevelt (+1).
L = Number of National Monuments Roosevelt proclaimed by end of 1906 (-4).
T = Number of National Parks created by legislation during Roosevelt’s Presidency.
Your final coordinates are N44° 2R.OOS W88° EV.ELT
Geocaching Check-in Procedures:
All geocachers must sign-in at the Apple Creek YMCA (2851 E. Apple Creek Rd- just across the road from the preserve) before geocaching on the preserve. A guest sign-in book is located at the front desk. You do not need to speak with staff to sign in nor do you need to sign out after you are done caching. The sign in log will be checked against the on-line logs to verify that this procedure is being followed. If geocachers do not follow this procedure, all geocaches will be removed from the Purdy Preserve. The Apple Creek YMCA is open M-F 5:00 AM-9:00 PM, Sat 5:45 AM-4:00 PM, and closed on Sundays. Geocaching must take place during these same hours.
Preserve Rules as follows; Trails open dawn to dusk, Hike on marked trails only, Carry-in and Carry-out, Respect property boundaries, All users must possess a YMCA membership, guest pass, or reside in Apple Hill Farms. The following are prohibited; Pets, Bicycles, Motorized vehicles, Cross-country skiing, Smoking, Drugs/Alcohol, Camping and Removal or destruction of plant or animal life. Please enjoy the preserve responsibly while respecting wildlife and other preserve users. All questions regarding this preserve may be directed to the Apple Creek YMCA at 733-9622
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Last Updated: on 3/21/2016 3:29:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:29 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum