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This scavenger hunt involves clocks. Yes, clocks

(WYDaily/ Gabrielle Rente)
The Greensprings Interpretative Trail connects to the Powhatan Creek Trail with bridges running over creeks and waterways. (WYDaily/ Gabrielle Rente)

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled social events leading many to explore the outdoors.

In the spirit of welcoming the New Year, the James City County Parks & Recreation department is hosting an outdoor scavenger hunt on New Year’s Day with clocks.

That’s right: Scavengers will have to scour parks and trails for hidden clocks.

Each clock features a QR code and the person who finds the clock must scan the QR code and add their contact information.

“The scavenger hunt is a way to offer an interactive program that people can participate in while also being safe and social distancing,” Sarah O’Reilly, Recreation Program Coordinator for Sports, Athletics, and Outdoors and program coordinator for the scavenger hunt, wrote in an email Tuesday. “We also want to encourage the community to visit some of our parks that are less trafficked throughout the year.”

In addition, each QR scan is one entry into a raffle and explorers have up to 10 entries or one entry per clock found, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Winners are entered in a raffle to win “prize pack” of “goodies” which includes a t-shirt, water bottle and program discounts.

Each park or trail has one clock hidden unless otherwise noted. See the list of parks and trail below:

  • Freedom Park- two clocks
  • Greensprings Interpretive Trail
  • Jamestown Beach Event Park
  • Little Creek Reservoir Park
  • Powhatan Creek Trail
  • Upper County Park
  • Veterans Park
  • Warhill Sports Complex- two clocks

“The clock theme coincides with the new year and also just the notion of putting 2020 behind us,” O’Reilly added. “I think most of us can agree that it has certainly been one for the record books but I also think most people are looking forward to a fresh start.”

For more information or to see a list of parks and trails, visit the James City County Parks and Recreation website.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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