What is geocaching?

Science for Youth July 08, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Geocaching is a worldwide treasure-hunting game. In geocaching, people hide a cache (pronounced like “cash”) for others to find. Remember that geo means Earth, and caching is the process of hiding a cache.

A cache is a container. The container may be large, like an ammo box, or small, like a plastic food container. Some caches are even microcaches. “Micro” means small, so these caches are really small. Sometimes a cache may be painted a dark color so that it is camouflaged when it is hidden.

Most caches have a book where you can log your name and the date you found the cache. Sometimes people leave trinkets (small toys, games, plastic figures, etc.) inside the geocache. If you take a trinket, you should leave a trinket for others.  

The exact location (latitude and longitude) of each geocache is listed on geocaching.com. People that geocache use the website to enter locations into a GPS unit or smartphone. Most times geocaches are hidden at parks and other public areas. There are more than two million geocaches!

Watch this video to learn more about geocaching.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.