The morning of IrvingtonCache 2016 dawned bright and crisp. A true fall day in Indiana with the leaves just starting to turn. It had been a busy week for Mundell & Associates, but staff and the interns pitched in to get ready for an afternoon of geocaching around Irvington.
As part of Earth Science Week, Mundell & Associates hosted IrvingtonCache, a community geocaching event. (Earth Science Week is an international event organized by the American Geosciences Institute.) Geocaching is like a treasure hunt in which you use mapping skills and Global Positioning Systems’ to find the exact location of a predetermined spot. In the international geocaching community, each spot has log book to sign in and a box of trinkets. (GPS technology is used by our geologists to develop maps for engineering and environmental projects as well as to display geologic and environmental data).
For this year’s IrvingtonCache, participants started at the Mundell & Associates headquarters and received the coordinates to the first of 5 targets. At each stop the hidden box contained some very interesting facts about Indiana Geology and Environmental science and also had the coordinates for the next target. After the participants found all 5 targets (which took about 1 hour by foot), they found the final coordinates of the “Geologic Treasure Trove” to collect prizes!
Adults, children and their families participated in the afternoon and engaged and excited for next year. Said one mom, “This was great. I love maps, I love being outside, and I love learning new things! (And teaching my kids new things!) I’ll definitely bring some friends next time.”
A bonus to the day was one of the interns find a hidden box that was lost from the last event 2 years ago!
It was a great day and Mundell thrilled to provide the community a chance to learn more about earth science and the skills our geologists use in their daily work.
See you next time!