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Geocaching: Connect with Nature and Family

From the age of 7 to 77 and beyond, mention a treasure hunt and everyone’s eyes light up. Adding a spice of adventure to a nature excursion could be just the motivation you need to get the whole family outside.

Geocaching is a fast-growing hobby that provides an exciting way to explore the landscape, discover someplace new, and share special places with other outdoor enthusiasts. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS, and can then share their experiences online.  Watch this video to learn more about geocaching.

Geocaching can be done on any kind of outing, whether that’s a day hiking at The Disney Wilderness Preserve, or an afternoon stroll at The Blowing Rocks Preserve.

Geocaching is a great activity for kids. It gets the whole family outside to explore the natural world, teaches kids about navigation with the fun reward of finding real hidden treasure, and once back home you can share your stories and photos of the adventure.

Once you get into finding geocaches, visit our preserves and see if you can find the ones we have placed – great adventure and you may learn a little about our work as you play.

We invite you to get out on the Conservancy's natural areas in this fun and free way to search for treasures hidden there.

Log on to www.geocaching.com to set up a free account and start the hunt! Then visit the following Nature Conservancy preserves in Florida to find geocaches:

Everglades Headwaters Cache
Longleaf Pine Cache
Blowing Rocks Preserve Cache

Here are some etiquette guidelines to keep in mind when visiting our preserves:

  • Caches are only accessible during hours of operation.
  • Stay on marked trails at all times.
  • Do not litter; used marked receptacles to dispose of any trash.
  • Please respect the land; do not remove plants, animals, artifacts or rocks.
  • For your safety and comfort, bring drinking water, hats, sun protection, bug repellent and use appropriate footwear.

For questions about geocaching at The Nature Conservancy’s preserves in Florida, please contact floridageocache@tnc.org.

 

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