Learning how to go Geocaching
We took another class today with the Missouri Conservation Department.
A “what is it and how do you do it” class!
We watched a PowerPoint as the kids shifted in their seats waiting for the action to start!
- Use a GPS devise or an app on your smartphone to find a previously hidden container (cache) with a small token (toy or something similar) in it.
- The device or app will point you in the direction to go… When you arrive in the correct vicinity, you search for a container until you find it.
- Exchange the token for something you brought, sign the paper inside and rehide.
- You can log your findings at https://www.geocaching.com
Finally, after listening to the presenter, she gave us a GPS… And the kids had to share! 😳
The geocaches were basically tupperwares with some trinkets in them. They were fairly easy to find among trees and bushes and it was fun to learn how to use the GPS.
Ordinarily you would have a something small like a toy to put in the container as an exchange for what you take but since this was a class we didn’t have to.
Eli wanted to put something in the container…
… so he gave a dandelion 🌼💜
Theresa’s done it many times before so she helped me download the app, join and log in, and find a nearby geocache… which we did at a park down the road!
We weren’t at the park long when Andre found part of a wasp hive lying in the mud!
And it was in the shape of a heart!! ❤️❤️
Once we got started with the GPS- it was fun and easy to follow the arrow on my phone!
The kids wanted to go the hard way and bushwhacked their way through the trees!
Theresa and I were following along the gravel path and letting the kids go their own adventurous way.
Then, I hear Andre hollering for me…
Not long after that, he found the first geocache! Yay!!! 😊
The app showed us that there was another cache a couple hundred yards away… So unto that one we went!
They looked through the jar as if it contained gold and silver!
A few of their treasures – an egg, a sticker, and a poker chip!
And then the thrill wore off and they were hot and thirsty! ☀️
They had drunk all the water before we even started on the hike! I need to figure out a way for each kid to conveniently carry their own water bottle! 💦
*for more information or to sign up for free to find geocaches near you go to