Go on a treasure hunt with a twist April 11 at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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Volume 37-065 For Immediate Release: March 20, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Instead of hunting for eggs this Easter weekend, try your hand at hunting a different sort of treasure. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia is hosting "Treasure Hunting with a Twist" from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this free program is open to all ages and experience levels, and participants may choose the activities best suited to their abilities. Please register by April 9.

"Treasure Hunting with a Twist" will include a variety of treasure hunts including geocaching, letterboxing, trivia and hidden-in-plain-sight hunts. For those unfamiliar with those treasure hunting terms, geocaching and letterboxing are both activities in which waterproof boxes are hidden in public places. Geocaches, which contain trinkets, are found using a global positioning system (GPS). You must bring your own GPS unit to play. To find letterboxes, which contain rubber stamps, you follow maps and/or written clues. You may bring your own rubber stamps and inkpads to sign the log books inside the letterboxes or you will be able to carve your own stamp at the event (stamp carving lessons will be provided) and use the inkpads provided in the letterboxes. Some letterboxes will also contain small prizes for people to take.

Another one of the hunts will involve answering trivia questions and solving clues as you move from one point to the next. Like an old fashioned Easter egg hunt, hidden-in-plain-sight hunts will offer a variety of trinkets hidden within designated sections of the park for anyone to find and take. Other hunts will include orienteering with a map and compass to find designated points of interest within the park.

Some hikes will be in easy walking distance of the starting locations and will stay on trails. Others will be longer, may require a vehicle to travel between trailheads, and may lead you off-trail into more remote sections of the park. Please dress appropriately for hiking through a variety of terrain. 

For more information or to register, call the park at 573-449-7400 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications for the Deaf).  For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.