BLM organizes events for Saturday's Public Lands Day

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This Saturday marks the annual Public Lands Day, and the Bureau of Land Management's Gina Robison plans to pack it with as much to do as she can.

Robison, outdoor recreation planner for the BLM Little Snake Office in Craig, said events kick off with a geocaching tutorial at 8:30 a.m. at the BLM office at 455 Emerson St.

Geocaching is an activity where people use GPS units and maps to locate hidden objects, which they can take and leave one of their own, though some choose only to note their find online or in a journal.

Chris Laxson, who Robison described as a preeminent geocaching authority in Colorado, plans to give a brief presentation and show people how to use GPS units for a geocaching activity planned for later that afternoon near Duffy Mountain.

After Laxson's presentation, the group will move to the Duffy Mountain river access point off Moffat County Road 17 south of Craig.

People who can't be at the BLM office Saturday morning can meet up with Robison and others at 10 a.m. at the large yellow house on County Road 17. To get there, take Colorado Highway 13 south for roughly 24.5 miles and then turn right on C.R. 17, before Colowyo mine.

From there, the group will venture to the river access, where everyone will take part in a service project to expand the campground site.

Afterward, there will be a barbecue lunch and live music provided by the Craig-based John Wayne Band, as well as ice cream made with a solar-powered "contraption," Robison said.

She also plans to hold a raffle with prizes, including a riding helmet donated by Planet Power Sports and a GPS unit.

After lunch, Robison said people would be invited to take some nature hikes in the area and possibly go to Juniper Hot Springs.

Festivities wrap up with a little overnight camping, including a presentation about archeology, local wildlife and stargazing.

If that wasn't enough, Robison plans to have guest speakers throughout the day, such as BLM firefighters and Colorado Division of Wildlife officers, to talk about their jobs and working outside.

For more information on Public Lands Day, call Robison at 826-5083.

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