Geocaches Celebrate Florida’s Endangered Species
The Nature Conservancy has launched geocaches at two of its most popular preserves in Florida to encourage individuals and families to connect with nature.
May 15, 2014
Interested in a fun way to learn more about endangered species in Florida? The Nature Conservancy has launched geocaches at two of its most popular preserves in Florida to encourage individuals and families to connect with nature.
Geocaching is a fast-growing hobby that provides an exciting way to explore natural landscapes and share special places with other outdoor enthusiasts.
The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee, Florida, is a living laboratory within the Everglades ecosystem that contains 3,500 acres of restored wetlands and longleaf pine habitat. Here geocachers can look for the endangered Red-Cockaded woodpecker at the Longleaf Pine Cache. Thanks to 20 years of careful restoration and management of the preserve’s longleaf pines, the once-locally extinct woodpeckers have started breeding again.
The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound, Florida, is a well-known model for large-scale, native coastal habitat restoration. The preserve was named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline – the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Geocachers at this preserve will overlook prime sea turtle nesting habitat. With all of Florida’s sea turtle species listed threatened or endangered, Blowing Rocks Preserve provides a safe nesting beach for these majestic mariners.
“Geocaching is an opportunity to invite people into nature, have them discover our preserves, and learn more about the innovative ways that The Nature Conservancy is protecting Florida’s unique landscapes and wildlife,” says Kristina Serbesoff-King, Associate Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Florida. “Geocachers might come looking for the “treasure,” but hopefully they will become hooked on nature too.”
How does it work? Visit www.nature.org/floridageocache to learn more about geocaching at The Nature Conservancy preserves in Florida. Then log on to www.geocaching.com to set up a free account and start the hunt.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.