Getting Grounded in Geocaching
Great Ideas In and Out of the Classroom
Who Wants to go Treasure Hunting?

    

One of the Most Popular Games on Earth!

 

     Geocaching is a TREASURE HUNT, with fantastic technology, and many thousands of "treasures" to find!  It can be done by almost anyone, and is simply logging in coordinates (longitude and latitude) into a handheld GPS device.  The official organization and site that coordinates geocaching is "Geocaching.com".  From their WEBSITE, here are the bare basics:

 

Bare Basics

 

"How is the game played?"

At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership.
  2. Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page.
  3. Enter your postal code and click "search."
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online."

" What are the rules of geocaching?"

  1. If you take something from the geocache (or "cache"), leave something of equal or greater value.
  2. Write about your find in the cache logbook.
  3. Log your experience at www.geocaching.com."

 

     With that out of the way, the caches become treasures, and the real prize is finding and logging into them, both on site and online.  The fellowship of your friends or class, the exercise and fresh air, the critical thinking it takes to ’brain it out’ the clues are all benefits, but the biggest benefit is the sheer adrenalin rush when you find the cache.  It is a technology that fits well individually or in a large class.  Since children see it as a grand game, teachers find it easy to align with standards and meet learning goals.  That’s because the bottom line is that geocaching is just plain fun!

 

Pictures from WEB PAGE cited below.

[Citation:  Lovelock, R.  (n.d.).  What is Geocaching.  Retrieved from:  https://www.gpshobby.info/  ]