HENDERSON, MN- A savory blend of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers awaited four groups of hungry adventurers Saturday morning just North of Henderson.

First, they had to detect all of the ingredients and materials needed so they could dig in.

The hunt is just one of many programs put on by the Ney Nature Center to combine education with the fun of being outside.

Program coordinator Josh Sweet says, "It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors, it's a great way to enjoy time with your friends and family. In this case, it's a great way to enjoy a delicious treat."

Using a GPS unit, groups brought up the location of each item and then used the compass to discover where they were all hidden.

After spotting the concealed container, a radio call back to Sweet confirmed their discovery.

Along the way, kids of all ages got to play detective. Perhaps the most fun was knowing they were close.

9-year-old Jack Morgan says, "Figuring out where the arrow wanted you to go and the best route."

Belle Plaine Girl Scout Brownie Ellie Schultz says, "Seeing the one in the log, I was like 'what?' I thought it was under the log but I was like 'no, it's probably not.' Yet, it was in the log."

Once each group spotted all five materials needed to create S'mores, they wasted no time getting cooking.

Some things taste a little sweeter knowing that because of hard work, the prize of an ooey gooey S'more is all yours.

For more information on programs offered at the Ney Nature Center, you can visit neycenter.org.

- KEYC 12