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MnGCA 2010 Spring Event - Nerstrand State Park

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Minnesota Geocaching Association

Welcome to the 2010

MnGCASpring Event

Our 100th Published Event!

The Spring 2010 Event Committee has been working hard to select a site and date for the MnGCA Spring Event. We are pleased to announce that the event will be held at:

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park on Saturday May 22nd.



This event is open to the general public. You do NOT have to be a member of the MnGCA to attend this event. Veteran geocachers, newbie geocachers and people who just want to learn what geocaching is about are all welcome. Geocaching is a family orientated activity and so is this event. Bring the kids!


A social event with lunch and geocaching activities. We will have prizes, Kid caches and more activities listed below! There are already 6 permanent caches in the park including: Nerstrand’s Big Woods State Park Wildlife Safari


Saturday, May 22, 2010

9:30AM to 5:00PM


Nerstrand-Big Woods Park, located 60 miles south of Minneapolis just east of 35W. About a 45 minute to 1 ½ hour drive from the Twin Cities area depending on where you live.

Click here for Nerstrand-Big Woods Park Info.

Click here for Nerstrand All Season Trail Map.

Click here for the Nerstrand Campground Map.

Nerstrand is a very beautiful State Park with over 11 miles of hiking trails through 1,280 acres of old growth hardwood forest. This is one of the last large stands of native hardwoods left in Southern Minnesota. Before the arrival of Pioneer settlers to this area in the 1850’s this was called the “Big Woods”, stretching 80 miles long by 40 miles wide these woods once covered over 2 million acres. The park is most famous for its spring wildflowers and we hope to have a nice display to view along the trails at the spring event!    

How Much:

If you have an annual state park pass, nothing.

If not, the parking fee is $5.

The MnGCA will provide burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst free of charge, but would appreciate if folks are willing to bring a potluck food offering to share. See more below!


To have Fun! To meet our old geocaching friends and make new ones. To share our passion for geocaching and help teach anyone who is interested in joining us. To enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air and exercise and maybe find a cache or three.




9:30 am - Noon

Check-In and Meet & Greet (If you are new to caching and need help let us know and we will find you a buddy.)

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Game sheets handed out at Check-in: 1)."Find a Cacher Who Game" and 2)."Guess the Cacher Game". Entries due back into the Check-in Desk by 1 pm. Prizes will be awarded at 2 pm.

9:30 am -1:00 pm

Creative cache container contest. Bring your most creative cache container(s) to be judged by your fellow cachers.  Prize will be awarded at 2 pm.

9:30 am -5:00 pm

Caching! In addition to the permanent caches already in the park we will have 5 temporary kids’ caches placed a short distance from the event. These caches will be chock full of swag and no need to trade. Coordinate sheets will be available at check-in. 

10:30 am - Noon

Micro cache throwing contest. Prizes will be awarded during the contest based on accuracy.

11:00 am -1:00 pm

Flag Pin Game-Pin your flag as close to the given coordinates as you can WITHOUT using your gps! Winner declared at 1pm

Noon - 1:00 pm

LUNCHTIME: Butcher (the cacher)  will be helming the grill and the MnGCA will provide burgers, brats, buns, plates, utensils, napkins, condiments, and cups.

Please help us with lunch by bringing and sharing potluck style. If your caching name starts with the letters:

A through F - please bring Appetizers/Munchies

G through L - please bring salads/soups/stews

M through R - please bring Desserts

S through Z- please bring Beverages

2:00 pm

MnGCA membership meeting
Door prizes
and contest awards announced.

5:00 pm

Goodbye and Good Luck Clean-up time

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