2012-10-11 / Outdoors

Lab unveils geocache sites

Residents also invited to join photo contest

MANISTIQUE – Several geocache sites are now located on the grounds of the Environmental Education Laboratory in Manistique Township.

“If you’re new to geocaching, don’t worry,” said EEL board member Sara Giles. “It’s easy to get started.”

By visiting www.geocaching.com and searching Manistique locations, coordinates will pop up. Giles noted several people have reported finding the sites, while others say they couldn’t.

“We’re glad there is some challenge to it,” she said.

Those visiting the lab are encouraged to bring a camera, as the second annual Environmental Education Laboratory Photo Contest is currently underway. Individuals of all ages are invited to enter photographs taken at the preserve any time between now and Jan. 30, 2013.

“We want to encourage everyone to come and enjoy this terrific natural resource right here in our area,” Doug Smith, EEL board chair said. “Additionally we need to build up a library of photos from all seasons that can be used in our publications. That means, win or lose, your photo could be included in our publications.”

Entries will be judged in February and winners will be announced in the spring. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

All photos must be taken on the grounds of the Environmental Education Laboratory by Dec. 31. Both black and white and color photos are eligible. An entry form can be obtained by email: environmentallab@live.com. Photos must be submitted in 5x7 or 8x10 formats. All entries must be submitted by Jan. 30, 2013 to EEL Photo Contest, c/o Cindy McDaniel, 9254W Fragale Rd., Manistique, MI 49854.

A complete list of the rules is attached to the entry form.

The lab is located approximately three miles east of Manistique by taking U.S. 2 east to River Road, traveling north to Krummich Road. After turning left on Krummich Road, continue for one and a half miles.

The preserve covers approximately two miles of forested walking trails. The laboratory is supported by Manistique Township, volunteers and donations from individuals and businesses.

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