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Detectorists help make parks and schools safer by performing a service to community safety.

Most people don't realize that the detectorists hunting in the parks and schools are actually helping to make them safer places for all to relax in and enjoy. 


Although most things we find are buried, some are just below the surface or just hidden in the grass. 


Oregon Treasure Trails members have removed over 124 lbs of trash from parks during club hunts this year.

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Sharp items and broken glass removed from Portland area Park


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Sometimes we find little treasures, and other times hidden dangers.

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Imagine a toddler finding this in the grass and picking it up to play with.  Or maybe just the point is sticking up out of the ground where you just spread your picnic blanket.

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No. This is not a prop for some horror movie. This was actually found in a Portland park. Makes you wonder doesn't it?

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Lost picnic items are fairly common finds, live ammunition not so much.

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Potentially dangerous objects are being removed by detectorists all the time. 

So if you see a detectorist nosing through a playground, a school grounds, or picnic areas, they could be there making it safer for you and yours.

Mace Spray

Broken Knife blades

Broken Knife blades

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Mace Spray removed from Portland park

Broken Knife blades

Broken Knife blades

Broken Knife blades

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Removed from Portland park

Throwing Knife

Broken Knife blades

Gun shell casings

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Removed from Vancouver park sports field

Gun shell casings

Gun shell casings

Gun shell casings

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Shell casings removed from Portland park

Crossbow bolt

Gun shell casings

Crossbow bolt

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Removed from Vancouver High school sports field

Pocket Knife

Gun shell casings

Crossbow bolt

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Removed from Vancouver Elementary School sports field

Play structure bark chips

Portland Park Hazard removed

Play structure bark chips

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Removed from new play structure bark chips in a Portland park

Portland Park Find

Portland Park Hazard removed

Play structure bark chips

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Found at a Portland City Park

Portland Park Hazard removed

Portland Park Hazard removed

Portland Park Hazard removed

Syringe removed from Portland Park play structure

Syringe removed from Portland Park play structure area

Cache of Needles

Rusty Razor Blade

Portland Park Hazard removed

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Found near a tree in North Portland park.

Rusty Razor Blade

Rusty Razor Blade

Rusty Razor Blade

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Found at a Portland area Elementary school near the playground.

.223 Bullet

Rusty Razor Blade

Rusty Razor Blade

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Found at a Portland area Middle School near the outdoor basketball area.

Unfired Bullet

Nasty Rusty Nail

Nasty Rusty Nail

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Winchester .45 found at an Elementary School. It was maybe a half inch in the ground, about 20 feet from the play structures.

Nasty Rusty Nail

Nasty Rusty Nail

Nasty Rusty Nail

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Rusty nail found in the sand pit at the long jump. Can you imagine falling on this?