Worried your child is spending too much time with media? Can’t get them off the couch to go play outdoors? Don’t despair, you are not alone and there is a cool way to change that trend.
Geocaching is a great way to get kids outdoors and let them keep an electronic device in their hand. Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt! People hide geocaches everywhere—from just down the street to the most remote wilderness areas. There are about 2 million geocaches worldwide and many are hidden in your state parks.
What is a geocache?
Geo means earth and cache means hidden item. Geocaches range from very small (like a film canister) to large (such as a metal lunch box). Many are camouflaged, but they are not buried. Geocaches hold things like a log book to sign your name, tradable items for kids and adults, and more.
How do I find a geocache?
Use a GPS unit or smartphone app to find the coordinates (the exact location) of a geocache nearby. Then set out on your adventure, enjoying the sights along the way!
How can I play?
Be sure to Leave No Trace of your visit!
Kids today are spending between 7-11 hours per day with electronic devices according to the American Pediatrics Society and only minutes per day outside. You can change that trend by spending more time with your kids in nature.