Geocaching tour to debut in Lewiston-Auburn


 

Great Falls. Photo by Amber Waterman

LEWISTON — Museum L-A plans to participate in the New England Franco-Route GeoTour, which debuts at 8 a.m. Friday, May 21.

Geocaching is a modern-day scavenger hunt for caches, or site-specific hidden objects. A geotour is a series of grouped geocache sites that share a common theme or history. This geotour route includes caches in the five cities which constitute the Franco route of New England: Woonsocket, Rhode Island; Lowell, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Biddeford and Lewiston-Auburn.

In addition to the traditional treasure hunt aspect of geocaching, this geotour teaches the historical significance of its cache sites in English and French, making the New England Franco-Route GeoTour a uniquely engaging educational experience for individuals, families, friends, and classes of all ages.

Created by the French-Canadian Legacy Podcast of Manchester, N.H., this geotour offers many benefits. “Local participants, as well as tourists, will learn about Lewiston-Auburn and its rich history and heritage while enjoying a fun, outdoor activity geared to any skill level. Additionally, finding a hidden cache brings a true sense of success. Museum L-A is proud of this partnership and happy to be involved,” said Audrey Thomson, executive director at Museum L-A., according to a news release from the museum.

Nearly four million people are already part of the global geocaching community, with caches in 191 countries and every continent.

To join the New England Franco-Route GeoTour or for more information, visit geocaching.com/play/geotours/new-england-franco-route or museumla.org. Although Museum L-A’s gallery and permanent exhibit area is closed to the public until further notice because of the coronavirus, its online presence offers virtual tours and educational programs at no cost to the public. To reach museum staff, email [email protected].

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