The air is crisp and clean, the leaves are turning golden, the scent of pumpkin spice wafts through the streets, and school is officially in session. Looking for ways to include geocaching into your back to school lesson plans? Check out our GeocachingEdu page where parents, teachers, and educators can find handy resources on incorporating geocaching in the classroom.
As added inspiration, we’re highlighting six unique ways you can get back to school—geocaching style. Let’s get ready to make mistakes, get messy, and go geocaching!Continue reading →
Whether on a geocaching road trip across the country or living down the street, geocachers love to make a pit stop at Geocaching HQ to sign the famous logbook, celebrate a milestone, share stories with fellow geocachers, and see for themselves where all the geocaching magic happens.
But if you can’t make the trip out to Seattle HQ is coming to you with a Virtual Tour of the Visitor’s Center!
Join the world’s largest treasure hunting community!
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, participants use the Geocaching app and/or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered—there are probably even some near you right now.
Geocaching started in early 2000. When the website launched, only 75 geocaches had been hidden. Today, there are over 3 million geocaches and millions of active geocachers playing the game. Geocaches come in all different shapes, sizes, and difficulties and are hidden in both rural and urban settings.
Geocaching offers something for everyone, from families with children to retirees. Some geocachers play the game to see how many total “finds” they can get, while others play to see how many new states or countries they can visit. Geocaching is a great way to find remarkable destinations that you would not have otherwise discovered. It is also an excellent education tool and an excuse to get off the couch.
Go play. To get started, create a free basic account and use Geocaching.com or the free Geocaching® app to search for geocaches near your location. Whether you are off to find your first geocache or your ten-thousandth, the Geocaching® app is your ultimate geocaching toolbox.
Once you find a geocache, open it up and sign the logbook. You may discover some trade or swag items (small toys, keychains, trinkets) inside the geocache. The general rule of thumb is if you take something, leave something of equal or greater value. Then, place the container back exactly how you found it and share your experience online with the rest of the geocaching community.
Connect. You can learn more about geocaching through the Geocaching Blog, The Geocaching Channel on YouTube, or the Geocaching Help Center. Educators can share ideas and lesson plans in the Geocaching.com Forum section for education. You can also connect with the geocaching community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.
Any serious geocacher probably has a list of geocaches they wish to find before they “kick the bucket”, so to speak. We’ll be doing an intermittent series dedicated to bucket list geocaches, and the first theme is, “Amazing Views.” We hope this blog post takes your breath away!
1. GC1FPN1 – München-Venedig / Munich-Venice / Monaco-Venezia
Multi-Cache in Bayern, Germany
What has 28 legs, spans 3 countries, and covers 560 kilometers (65,000 feet) of altitude? Why, this amazing Multi-Cache of course! Make sure to set aside at least 2-4 days to complete this life-changing journey from Munich, Germany to Venice, Italy.
2. GC282A – Petra
Traditional in Jordan
Channel your inner Indiana Jones and visit Jordan’s first geocache in the ancient city of Petra. Petra was named one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007, and was chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 Places to See Before You Die. That means it’s officially on someone else’s bucket list, too.
3. GCVTH7 – Chimney Top Cache
Traditional in West Virginia, USA
The North Fork Mountain Trail offers a plethora of breathtaking views. According to the cache page, “If this trail is the best for scenery in the state (I think it is), then Chimney Top would be the golden crown upon this king of trails.” Gorgeous.
4. GC3QR3J – Arctic Circle Trail (K –> S)
Multi-Cache in Greenland
Only found 11 times due to the remote location and D5/T5 rating, this unique Multi-Cache is worth the effort. There are several adorable huts along the way to seek shelter, but make sure to pack in your own food and beverages since there are no stores along the route.
Are there any amazing views you’ve visited while geocaching that you would add to this list? What about other “Bucket List” themes or geocaches you’d like to see featured? Tell us in the comments below!