Cache In Trash Out Cleanup

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Bannister Lake

1032 Wrigley Rd.

Ayr, Ontario N0B 1EO


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Please join the Grand River Conservation Authority, local geocachers, and community volunteers to help clean up Bannister Lake and surrounding areas on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cache In Trash Out (CITO), is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. These volunteer events help preserve the beauty of local natural areas.

Due to the success of Pinehurst Lake park cleanups in previous years, our focus has shifted this year to Bannister Lake, Wrigley Tract and Dickson Natural Area.

The event is open to those who enjoy the outdoors and want to accomplish something meaningful. It is suitable for high school students who are looking for community hours (please bring your volunteer forms).

Please read through the FAQs below and register to help us track participation.


Kevin, Noah and fellow Geocachers
Brad Straus, Pinehurst Lake Park Superintendent


1. Where do we meet?

Bannister Lake:

  • Please meet at Bannister Lake parking lot for an orientation and safety talk at 9:00 a.m. Participants will then break into groups to clean up Bannister Lake trail as well as nearby Dickson natural area and Wrigley tract.
  • Someone will remain at the Bannister Lake parking lot until 2:00 p.m to direct newcomers.
  • The Bannister Lake parking lot is located at 1032 Wrigley Road, Ayr ON, N0B 1EO.

2. What should I bring to the event?

  • GPS if you have one
  • Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Rubber boots may be necessary if it has been raining.
  • Work gloves (durable canvas or leather is best).
  • Dress for the weather. We find layers are best (e.g. jacket, fleece, hat etc.)
  • Wear bright colours and/or a reflective vest
  • Lunch, snacks, water bottle and/or hot drink

3. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Key Contacts:

Pinehurst Park:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 519-442-4721

Kevin Sharpen, CITO Coordinator

  • Email:

4. Safety

Your safety is a priority! Upon arrival, we will provide you with an orientation, review emergency procedures and deliver a safety talk. You will also be required to sign a waiver. For a safe and fun cleanup, we request that you:

  • Sign-in with park staff at Pinehurst Lak Park or Bannister Lake
  • Work with a buddy
  • Stay on official trails
  • In the rare instance that you discover a sharp, please leave it where you find it and report the location to a staff member.
  • Observe general cleanup safety guidelines

5. Facilities

Washrooms are available at the beach area at Pinehurst Park

6. Who can attend?

This event is open to all ages. However, all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 13-17 may attend unaccompanied within Pinehurst Park provided their parent/guardian has completed our youth agreement allowing them to participate.

7. Environment

Be prepared for a hike! Some of our trails have uneven footing and have steep inclines. If you have questions about accessibility options, please connect with the event organizers.

8. Can I register my group or corporate team for this event?

You may register up to 10 people with one ticket. As a courtesy, please contact Bronwen Buck (GRCA Volunteer Program Coordinator at and let her know the name of your group.

9. Do I need to print my EventBrite ticket?

No. But we are asking that you register via EventBrite so we can have an idea of participant numbers and contact you with any updates.

10. I am interested in geocaching during this event. How can I learn more?

You do not have to be a geocacher to participate. But if you are interested in joining in, you can sign up to view cache location details here: They will also be available as a printout at the Bannister Lake location.

11. Is a canoe cleanup part of the event?

No. For the purposes of this event, we ask you focus on cleaning up the park and shoreline.

12. Cancellations

Please note that the event will proceed if it is raining and will only be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or high winds. If we think there is a chance the event needs to be cancelled, we will attempt to contact you.

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1032 Wrigley Rd.

Ayr, Ontario N0B 1EO


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