CRYSTAL LAKE – Adults and families can experience a twist on geocaching with the McHenry County Conservation District’s Eco Cache Road Rally, where the location itself is the treasure.
The event will be held Saturday from one’s own start time until 4 p.m. for a final rally on the Patio at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.
Instead of finding a container of objects, an eco cache brings a participant to a place of interest to see: a beautiful vista, a historic cultural site, or new conservation area.
Equipped with GPS coordinates, participants go to eight spots spread throughout the county.
At each stop, they will find a point of interest, have time to explore, answer a question about the find and then continue on.
Upon registration, participants will receive a list of rules, GPS coordinates and site questions. One needs a GPS to participate.
On the day of the rally, participants can start as early as they want and visit the sites in any order, as long as they are finished by 4 p.m.
At 4 p.m. participants will gather at Prairieview Education Center Patio as the final stop, where the group will share photos, stories, refreshments, and prizes. Tagalongs are welcome, but only registered participants will be eligible for prizes and other perks.
The registration deadline is Monday, and the program costs $5 for county residents and $6.25 for nonresidents.
Registration is accepted online, by phone, by mail at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or walk-in at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.