Friday, August 17, 2012

Unique Florida Event

     Another sleepless night led me to discover this article about an event that happened last week; and event hosted by the Manatee Natural Resources.  I have yet to find any follow up information but I will be searching and sharing.

     This is the article I found.

Manatee Natural Resources Hosts Geocache Hunt at Preserves

Participants may take GPS-enabled devices to find geo-treasures at 10 locations across Manatee

Published Monday, August 13, 2012
MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County Natural Resources Department will launch new Taking Flight GeoTour through Manatee County’s preserve system Monday, Aug. 20.

Participants will use their GPS devices to find hidden “geocaches” throughout Manatee County’s publicly owned preserves. Each geocache location has an educational focus and the entire tour itself is themed around birds, their habits, and habitats. Melissa Cain Nell, NRD Volunteer and Education Division Manager, described the tour as a high-tech treasure hunt in some of Manatee County’s most beautiful locations.

“As trail trekkers travel to each point on the tour they will learn about Manatee County’s unique feathered creatures and discover different aspects of bird life such as migration and nesting,” Cain Nell said. “The GeoTour spans all of Manatee County, from the beach on Anna Maria Island all the way east to Duette Preserve. In between, geocachers can find caches at 10 different conservation properties, three of which are currently undergoing restoration.”

The geotour is free and easy. All you’ll need is a GPS locator or GPS-enabled device like a smart phone. You’ll also need a copy of a free Taking Flight GeoTour Passport available at the NRD office at 415 10th St. W., Bradenton. The passports are also available on the county website at

“The first 300 people complete at least 12 of the 15 caches on the passport will receive a free trackable geotag that they can then place in another cache and track as it travels around the world,” Cain Nell said. “Once you answer the questions on your passport, turn it in or mail it in to the office to receive your tracking tag.”

Participants can also just hunt for the caches without completing the activities by looking them up on, but they won’t receive a tracking tag.

The trail’s Grand Opening will take place on Monday, Aug. 20, when the cache sites will go “live” on the and will officially be available for people to find. The caches themselves can be looked up on or can be seen on the official County webpage at

The County page also features an interactive Google map with all of the cache coordinates, downloadable copies of the passport, basic geocaching information, and news and updates about the new project.

The Taking Flight GeoTour is sponsored by Manatee County Natural Resources Department, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Estuary
and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.

For more information on Manatee County’s Natural Resources Department call (941) 748-4501, ext. 4605 or visit

     This sounds so SUPER!    
 Needless to say, I have already emailed my Florida connections and am anxiously awaiting a response from someone who attended and will share their experiences and photos.

Stay tuned for a followup. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring our tour! You can find it online on our website at The tour launched yesterday and is a big hit! We also received the custom tracking tags and they're awesome. If you'd like I would be happy to email you a few photos for an update. Thanks again for the shout out.
    Melissa Nell
    Manatee County Natural Resources