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What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure", usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value.

General Ideas Around Geocaching

  1. Use Travel Bugs to track an items movement from place to place, including any stories that are picked up along the way. (Free alternative to Travel Bugs are Travel Tags
  2. Create a multi-cache that includes information about the local history of an area. Students learn by doing. (An example might be, tracing tha path of a famous person in history at a local landmark)
  3. Create a multi-cache that explores cultural connections of the local area.
  4. Create a cache that explores issues in environmental education. (The Evil Green Menace!)
  5. Create a cache that explores health issues. (Heart to Heart)
  6. Create caches that explore numeracy. (User: Geometry)
  7. Participate in projects that help students collaborate with others around the world. (An example might be the Degree Confluence Project)
  8. Participate in a "Cache In, Trash Out" environmental education day.
  9. Create a geocaching club at school.
  10. Use virtual caches to avoid planting too many caches for you students. (Get students to keep a log book and answer questions about locations they have visited.)
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Introducing Geocaching to Students

Lesson Cache Ideas

Geocaching Web Sites

A few of the most popular geocaching web sites are:




Earth Caches

An Earthcache is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Earthcaches include a set of educational notes and the details about where to find the location (latitude and longitude). Visitors to Earthcaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.


Geocaching Workshops, Newsgroups and Forums

Lynn M. Lary's PowerPoint Presentation from NCCE 2004 Conference

Introduction to Geocaching and the GPS

Groundspeak Forum on GPS in Education

GPS in Education Yahoo Groups NYGPS

Sample Caches, Travel Bugs and Geocoins

Photos taken by CK under CC

Educational Resources


Illinois Educational Geocaching Association

Institute of Navigation

General Resources

Geocaching Documents & Files

Understanding GPS Tutorial

GPS: The New Navigation

Geocaching FAQs

Cache Guidelines

Other Directions



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