Nonnative pests and pathogens severely affect forest health and are often spread in firewood. Our objectives were to create an extension education program using “Don’t Move Firewood”-themed geocaches and travel bugs which were placed near campgrounds across Mississippi, and to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of this outreach method. Interactions with caches and travel bugs were monitored over nearly one year and summarized to provide a measure of outreach success. With a one-time per-unit cost of $45.95 for caches and $6.75 for travel bugs, these tools provide ongoing, cost-effective educational approaches well suited to augment existing or launch new outreach efforts.
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Smith, J., Coyle, D., Thomason, J., Matthews, T., & Riggins, J. J. (2021). Geocaching: A New Instructional Tool for Natural Resources Extension and Outreach. The Journal of Extension, 59(3), Article 16. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.03.16