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Wuksachi Nature Adventure Uses GPS Technology to Explore National Park

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., (May 21, 2007) -- The Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park is introducing a new way for families to explore the Park this summer, the Wuksachi Nature Adventure. Valid May through October, the adventure game is designed to give families a unique and memorable Big Trees experience. 

The Wuksachi Nature Adventure includes for each team a souvenir backpack filled with adventure game gear (bottled water, trail mix, High Sierra Field Guide, logbooks to record “nature points,” and a Wuksachi Bearpaw prize for children 4 years of age or older); the use of a GPS unit and digital camera for the day; and a Wuksachi Medallion awarded to the team member with the highest score. The one-day game is packaged with accommodations at Wuksachi Lodge and is priced at $299 including one night in a deluxe room or $ 499 for two nights; rates cover one or two adults and up to three children in the same room, sharing the adventure materials and tools. 

The Wuksachi Nature Adventure involves locating, photographing and logging different features in the Park, using a “nature points” system. The game’s objective is simple: collect as many “nature points” as possible. All the tools necessary for this memorable outdoor adventure are provided as part of the Wuksachi Nature Adventure package. Participants use GPS coordinates to locate various flora and fauna, unique geological features, and special Sequoia National Park highlights each of worth a certain number of “nature points.” The natural attractions are photographed and points entered in the Wuksachi Adventure logbook. At the end of the day’s outing, points are tallied and players’ totals matched to a Naturalist Level, from the lowest score, (City Folk), to the highest, (the Ghost of John Muir). 

Guests participating in the Adventure are given a “nature points” game tutorial, which includes instructions on designating a team name and mascot, assignment of Adventure game gear, a briefing on using the gear, and guidance on the rules of the game. 

“The premise behind the Wuksachi Nature Adventure is for our guests to experience the natural beauty of Sequoia National Park while bonding with their family in a fun and healthy atmosphere,” said Andy Grinsfelder, Wuksachi Lodge’s General Manager. The nature activities Grinsfelder and his wife devised for their own children inspired the program. 

Located at 7,200 feet in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope California’s Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge is beautifully crafted of cedar and stone. The 102 guest rooms, nestled among the pines in several buildings, all feature private baths, cable TV, direct dial telephones with data ports, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron/board, mini-refrigerators, and daily maid service. 

Sequoia National Park, includes the Giant Forest, an immense grove of more then 8,000 colossal sequoia trees, including the General Sherman, reputed to be the world’s largest living thing. Wildlife watching abounds with over 1,460 species of plants and more than 320 species of animals. 

To make a Wuksachi Nature Adventure reservation, call 1-866-786-3199 or click to the website

Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

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