The Clark Celebrates Earth Day by Kicking Off GPS Program

For Immediate Release

April 08, 2009

X marks the spot as the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day, April 22, by kicking off a new global positioning system (GPS) program and celebrating the Clark’s Art in Nature geocache. From 1 to 4 pm, members of the Williams College Outing Club will demonstrate how to use a GPS to locate the hidden cache and sites of interest on the Clark’s 140 acres. A limited number of GPS units will be available for loan at the Clark. No experience necessary. Admission and activities are free on Earth Day.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using coordinates and a GPS unit to locate a container or “cache.” There are over 700,000 active caches around the world. Caches may contain a logbook and/or small, inexpensive trinkets. Geocaching etiquette recommends that if you take a trinket from a cache, you should leave a trinket of equal value. The website www.geocaching.com contains a searchable list of geocaches, including the Clark’s (enter the zipcode 01267 and look for “Art in Nature.”)

For those unfamiliar with GPS units, there will be a limited number of units available for visitors to use on the Clark’s campus on a first-come, first-serve basis, year-round. Pick up a unit and instruction sheet from the information desk and head out the door on a geocaching adventure. GPS units are available free of charge November 1 through May 31, and free with paid gallery admission June 1 through October 31 (always free for Clark members).

For those with GPS units, beginning on Earth Day, the Clark’s website will have a downloadable file of coordinates for points of interest on the grounds, including the original upside-down (now right-side-up) trees from Tree Logic at MASS MoCA. Laminated pages of coordinates will also be available at the information desk, free of charge.

The Clark’s website has basic information about geocaching and information on the units available at the Clark. GPS units will also be for sale in the museum shop.

A visit to the Clark is a rewarding family experience year-round, with 140 acres of scenic meadows and trails providing ample opportunities for families to hike, run, and play, or spot the many birds inhabiting the area. The Clark’s grounds are open to the public free of charge. Free admission to the galleries is always offered to children 18 and under and students with valid ID.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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