What is Geocaching?

 

 

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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 over 185 countries waiting to be discovered—there are probably some near you right now.

 

Geocaching started in early 2000, and at the time only 75 geocaches had been hidden. Today, there are nearly 3 million geocaches and over 10 million registered 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.

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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 BlogThe Geocaching Channel on YouTube, or the Geocaching Help CenterEducators 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.

Happy hunting!

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