Posted Online: Oct. 06, 2011, 12:03 pm

River Action launches geocaching program

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Press release submitted by River Action

River Action's geocaching programs encourages river recreation

River Action is happy to announce its latest interactive program on the Mississippi River –Geocaching on the RiverWay.

Geocaching is a fun and interactive outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to seek out containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.

Hidden throughout the RiverWay are a number of containers which are all part of the global treasure hunting pastime. People in the community and those visiting can then spend a few hours or the whole day finding the hidden caches and recording their presence in the log book along the Mississippi River and throughout the Quad Cities.

Each cache placed in the wild by River Action is primed with a little prize for the "first to find" [FTF in geo-speak]. It's also typical for geocachers to leave behind small "treasures" that are fun to find so bring something with you to leave in the cache for the next hunter.

After hunters find the cache they can hear some unique history about the specific area as each RiverWay cache ties in with a cell phone based audio tour. So be sure to have your phone with you.

Geocaching is educational, interactive, technologically driven, and is free and open to the public. It is a great family event as kids love the treasure hunt and parents love the journey.

For more information, call (563) 322-2969; or visit www.riveraction.org.

River Action Inc., the non-profit group dedicated to fostering the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi and its riverfront in the Quad Cities