Journey to Oz Geocaching Celebrates St. Luke’s Families with Courage!

Wildlands and Zoellner Make it Possible

Wildlands Conservancy, St. Luke’s and Zoellner Arts Center hosted an exclusive Journey to Oz geocaching experience to celebrate kids and families with courage on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus.

The event provided a free and fun get-outdoors experience for St. Luke’s families who’ve endured difficulties in the health arena. The idea follows from Wildlands’ and Zoellner’s collaboration to promote the arts center’s November 20, 2016 guest-artist presentation of Journey to Oz, while also getting families connected to nature.

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“At a glance, these organizations may seem like nontraditional partners but we found that working together to connect health, outdoor life and the performing arts doesn’t seem to be so odd at all. And when it connects to children in need, that’s something we can always come together for,” says Andy Cassano, administrative director of Zollner Arts Center.

The two developed a series of Oz-character-based events that invite families to geocache, go on a scavenger hunt using GPS technology, with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Wicked Witch, plus Dorothy and Toto at destinations throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Wildlands’ South Mountain Preserve and Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, both based in Emmaus. The cast of characters was played by student volunteers from Lehigh University. All participating families were entered to win a prize pack of tickets to Zoellner’s Journey to Oz show.

The families enjoyed a character photo-op with the Lion, and a Wildlands’ naturalist led geocaching experience along the outdoor walking paths of St. Luke’s Anderson Campus. The final cache wonderfully surprised the children with family ticket packs to Zoellner’s Journey to Oz show, all donated by the arts center.