Everyone is Welcome to join Northern New Jersey Cachers (NNJC) for a fun filled day of activities at the 2017 NNJC Spring Picnic. NNJC is happy to partner again with the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) and Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to host our Spring Picnic in conjunction with the optional Great Swamp Watershed Association Scavenger Hunt.
EVENT DATE: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
EVENT LOCATION: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Helen C Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
Optional SCAVENGER HUNT INFO / START TIME: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM ~ return by 3:00 PM
NNJC PICNIC TIME: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PLEASE BRING FOOD AND DRINKS TO SHARE ~ NNJC will keep the list of donated food for the picnic. Please post how many will attend and what you can bring to the picnic. NNJC is requesting that cachers bring salads, desserts or drinks.
THE GREAT SWAMP SCAVENGER HUNT
The Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt is located throughout the Great Swamp Watershed, a 55-square-mile region in Morris and Somerset Counties, and includes portions of ten towns. The locations are at many GSWA / NNJC land partners.
The Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt is optional to geocachers. The goal is to encourage families and individuals to get outdoors, explore and learn more about our local natural, cultural, and historic areas. The Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt will take you to NNJC partnering organizations such as: Great Swamp Watershed Association, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Great Swamp, Harding Library, Bayne Park. Most of these locations have worked with NNJC and have active geocaching programs.
REGISTRATION / PRIZES
Participants will register and pick up their Scavenger Hunt clue sheets between 10:00 -2:00 at Helen C Fenske Visitor Pavilion. If you start in the morning you will have enough time to complete the Scavenger Hunt which will take approximately 2-3 hours, depending on how much time you spend at each location to hunt for the answers. The clues will be on signs, or you might have to walk around to find the clues (Environmental Center). You can go to as few or as many locations as you choose. At the Scavenger Hunt locations you will pick up a token to bring back to the picnic. The more tokens you collect, the greater your chances to win a prize! There will be a map of the watershed with all partners marked on it for inclusion with the Scavenger Hunt. Coordinates to these locations will be handed out on the Scavenger Hunt form. The Scavenger Hunt will take you to partner locations with a series of specific questions that need to be answered. The answers will teach you something about the location. You can then collect the token which you can redeem for a raffle prize. You must participate in the scavenger hunt to be entered into a raffle for a prize. The more locations you visit the better your chances to win a raffle prize. When you return to the Helen C Fenske Visitor Pavilion you will receive a raffle ticket for each of the completed locations.
There may be some new caches located at some of the participating scavenger hunt partner locations?
You are welcome to join the NNJC Spring Picnic from 3:00 - 4:00, even if you don't participate in the optional Scavenger Hunt. THIS IS A POT LUCK PICNIC ~ We ask that cachers please bring your favorite salad, desserts or drinks for all to share (no alcohol). Please post on your attendance log what you will be bringing and how many are attending.
GEOCOINS / TRACKABLES, and SIGNATURE ITEM MINIFEST
We would like to give folks the opportunity to see the variety of geocoins, trackables, and signature items that have been collected since the inception of geocaching. There will be a geocoin minifest at the Spring Picnic from 2:00 - 4:00. Everyone is welcome to bring and share their collections to show or trade. This gives new cachers the opportunity to learn about geocoins, trackables, and signature items, possibly obtaining something unique from a veteran geocoin collector.
NNJC will set up an Introduction to Geocaching 101 table at the picnic for anyone who wants to learn about this growing sport, meet other cachers, hear stories about favorite hides and experience this family activity. This event is a great opportunity for those who know little about geocaching, so bring your friends!
This Spring Picnic is open to the public to promote geocaching. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars now! Plan to participate in the optional Scavenger Hunt, go geocaching locally to find caches, geo-chat with your friends while enjoying the picnic!! Bring your family and friends for a very fun filled day.
We always need volunteers. Please contact Old Navy if you are available. NNJC is about promoting a quality caching experience in Northern New Jersey.
NNJC is about promoting a quality caching experience in Northern New Jersey.
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