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Museum exhibit explores history of ancient navigation, modern GPS and geocaching

September 28, 2010 -- A special grand opening and meet-and-greet will kick off the “GPS Adventures Arkansas” exhibition opening Oct. 9 at the Arkansas State University Museum. The exhibition is free to the public and refreshments will be served at 10:30 a.m.

“GPS Adventures Arkansas” highlights the history and current uses of GPS (global positioning system) technology. Geared toward ages six through adult, this exhibit highlights the popular sport of geocaching, a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure.  Visitors can learn the basics of traditional and modern navigation and about the sport of geocaching. Find Rocky, the ASU Museum’s geocache, and help get Mona the Mastodon back to the Bering Straits. Play with the hands-on exhibits and wander through the maze.

"The hobby of geocaching is enjoyed by people from around the world,” said Dr. Lenore Shoults, assistant director, of the ASU Museum.  “This newest geocaching exhibit makes it fun to learn about GPS technology, while offering a great way for families to get outside and enjoy a sport together. After exploring GPS Adventures Arkansas, we encourage families to discover the geocaches hidden in our regional Arkansas State Parks.” 

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. There are over one million active geocaches around the world and the information hub for the sport is

GPS Adventures Arkansas, part of the Arkansas Museum Road Trip collection, was developed by Groundspeak and Minotaur Mazes with development support from the National Executive Committee of Space-Based Positioning Navigation and Timing and technological contributions from Magellan and Spatial Solutions in cooperation with the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources and the Arkansas Discovery Network, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Schools and other organizations interested in group reservations to visit GPS Adventures Arkansas should call Jill Kary at 870-972-2074 for more information.  School tours and general admission to ASU Museum are free.   Regular hours are Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.  The museum is closed Mondays and University holidays. For more information, contact Lenore Shoults, 870-972-2074,

The Arkansas Discovery Network, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, works to strengthen partner museums by sharing resources and expanding discovery learning opportunities throughout the state. Member museums include the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Texarkana Museum System in Texarkana, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover, Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro and the University of Arkansas Center for Mathematics and Science Education in Fayetteville. Visit the website at

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, headquartered in Las Vegas, is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. The Foundation is one of the 50 largest private foundations in the world.

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