Please join the Maryland Geocaching Society and National Park Service / Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area staff and volunteers for a day of adventure and learning at the Newcomer House in Sharpsburg/Keedysville. MGS Members will provide tutorials to help new geocachers get started. Our site hosts will also be there to answer your questions. After the Geocaching 101 tutorials, you'll have an opportunity to explore the history and heritage of Antietam National Battlefield. This event is open to all, especially newcomers to the hobby of geocaching.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Geocaching 101. Learn the basics of the game, how to create a Geocaching.com account, use a phone app (iPhone or Android) or handheld GPSr, and understand the different types of caches available. You'll be able to download a phone app on site.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Feel free to explore nearby during this break.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Gather back at Newcomer House for a tutorial specifically about Lab Caches and how they differ from other types of geocaches. Then if you wish, you can try out the nearby Antietam Adventure, which takes you on a tour of the battlegrounds. This will require a smart phone with internet access. This adventure can be accessed here, where you will sign in using your Gecoaching.com account login to access the information needed to complete this adventure. Plan to spend about 1-1/2 hours on this adventure as you drive around the battlefields. Don't forget to get a decoder, General Knowledge puzzle sheet, and Adventure map from the staff at Newcomer House before you set off on this adventure.