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December 10, 2012

A scavenger hunt to find decorated evergreen trees

NEWBURY — Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday season outdoors with family and friends this month? Look no further than the Hans Morris Reservation in Newbury.

Boat Camp Nature School of Newburyport has partnered with Essex County Greenbelt to decorate an evergreen tree at the Hans Morris Reservation as part of Greenbelt’s Evergreen Scavenger Hunt. The Evergreen Scavenger Hunt is a month-long event celebrating the holiday season.

“This is a fun way for Greenbelt to encourage the public to explore conservation land, and enjoy the recreational benefits of our land protection work, said Greenbelt executive director Ed Becker in a release. “The project gives Greenbelt the chance to work with very enthusiastic young people, who want to share their love of nature with the rest of the community.

“The hectic holiday season is a perfect time for friends and family to take a break from the bustle and connect with nature and each other in new ways,” he continued.

Eight trees have been decorated and are located either on Greenbelt’s Reservations or community partner properties. Debbie Lyons of Boat Camp and her students made eco-friendly ornaments using cranberries, popcorn and pinecones to decorate their tree. So, grab your family and friends and search for decorated evergreen trees throughout the region. Find one in your neighborhood or find them all.

Visit Greenbelt’s website, ecga.org, for the map and clues that will guide to each tree. Once you locate a decorated tree, take a photo of yourself, family or friends with the tree and post or send the photo on Greenbelt’s website. A Greenbelt goody bag is the prize for the first to find and photograph all eight trees.

Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected nearly 15,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75 percent of all land conserved in the last decade. For more information about Greenbelt programs, visit www.ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.

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