The Rust Sanctuary is a 62-acre preserve donated to the Audubon Naturalist Society by the estate of Margaret Dole Rust. It was opened in October 2000. Located just west of Leesburg, the sanctuary includes an upland forest, meadows, and pond, as well as a manor house used for classes, offices, and a nature center.
The Rust Sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk, with Naturalists on duty at the manor weekdays from 9-5. Please feel free to stop by the manor house to visit with the Naturalists who care for the Sanctuary – you won’t be sorry… these knowledgeable folks look forward to sharing the unique habitats and history of this remarkable preserve with the Geocaching community. Please remember to practice CITO whenever possible, and adhere to the ‘leave no trace’ policy.
The cache itself is set in 4 stages, with containers ranging from micro to standard size. Minimal bushwhacking is required, and the Rust staff encourages the use of established trails and game paths while seeking the caches to minimize habitat impact. As in any wild area, dress appropriately and use insect repellant during bug season.
I would like to thank the NoVa Geocaching community for providing me and my family with so many hours of wide-ranging adventure. I have enjoyed your hides, your logbook entries, and your company on rare occasion. I hope that you enjoy the pursuit of this cache every bit as much as I have enjoyed placing it for you. A very special thank you goes out to the staff at the Rust Sanctuary - thank you for being so receptive of this new sport!
Original cache contents:
- FTF Prize – Unactivated ‘Ready-To-Use’ Travel Bug Dog Tag
- Estes model rocket kit (rocket engine not included)
- Face Painting Kit
- Suncatchers Kit
- Navigator’s Map Magnifier
- Several Eagle Gliders
- Carabiner Flashlight/clock
- A bag of carabiners – please trade with other carabiners
- A data CD for my friend 2Wheel’in (please leave for him)
- LOTS of TBs and a Yellow Jeep TB
- The Logbook, with pen/pencil and spare baggies