Here’s why geocaching might be your kids’ favorite new hobby
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks have new geocaching activities for the adventure-seeking kiddo and family members in your life.
The park’s geocaching activities combine the outdoors with a little bit of technology, and can be a fun and exciting way for kids to explore the parks and learn more about their environment while perfecting a set of unique treasure-hunting skills. 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.
Geocaches can range from large containers to micro-containers and can contain anything from trinkets to larger surprises. Once a geocache is discovered, participants can sign the log book, take a trinket, and leave a trinket of their own.
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Columbus Metro Parks offers geocaching for kids of all ages. The programs are designed to teach kids about their environment and how to use a GPS device. Geocaching is a great activity for adults, kids and families. The activities are ADA-accessible and there are 10 caches at different parks. Once all 10 caches are found, go online to www.geocaching.com to claim an 11th clue for the final cache to win a special prize.
How to participate:
- Go to www.geocaching.com to sign up for a free membership and create a cache handle.
- Go to the coordinates using your GPS unit and search for a camouflaged, plastic container.
- Sign the log, trade trinkets, and log your find on www.geocaching.com
- Don’t forget to post comments or photographs.
- Search for Tour Columbus Metro Parks to Uncover Metro Parks GeoTour.
- Search for Tour Columbus Metro Parks to find the annual GeoTrail.
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