Geocaching was a hit! Our students had fun searching for our hidden caches here at the Houston Arboretum. After learning about GPS units, latitude and longitude coordinates, and how to read a map, our trekkers were ready to hit the trails in search of these hidden caches!
What is Geocaching, you ask?
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Want to continue the fun at home?
Simply visit www.geocaching.com for more information. You can create an account (there are free memberships!). Then just enter in your zipcode and find the nearest caches to your location. You can enter the coordinates into a GPS receiver, a.k.a. smartphone, and start searching!
Where are these hidden geocaches?
Everywhere! All over the world! There are a couple thousand in the Greater Houston area alone! They can be found in parks, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. Remember, this is a SECRET game so you have to be stealthy. Don’t let people see what you are doing!
What do you do when you find the geocache?
Look inside! Sign the log book! Log in online and leave a note that you found it! And make sure you close the container up and return to it the exact spot you found it.
Found a cool geocache? Share it with us! We love searching for new ones!
Have fun! Happy hunting!