Geocaching in Michigan
Turn your next nature hike into a treasure hunt!
You can use geocaching as an exciting way to explore the landscape, to discover someplace new and share special places with other outdoor enthusiasts. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches or earthcaches, using a smartphone or GPS, and can then share their experiences online.
Geocaching is a great activity for kids. It gets the whole family outside to explore the natural world, and teaches kids about navigation with the fun reward of finding real hidden treasure. Once back home, you can share your stories and photos of the adventure online.
Log on to geocaching.com to set up a free account and start the hunt! Then visit the following TNC preserves in Michigan to find geocaches and earthcaches:
|Preserve Name||Waypoint||Type of Cache|
|Mary Macdonald Preserve at Horseshoe Harbor||GC34PC3||Earthcache|
|Mary Macdonald Preserve at Horseshoe Harbor||GC3ARDY||Earthcache|
|Maxton Plains Preserve||GCPW9N||Earthcache|
|Nan Weston Preserve at Sharon Hollow*||GC60BHX||Traditional Geocache|
|Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve||GC1EFVD||Traditional Geocache|
|Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve||GC1ENZG||Earthcache|
|Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve||GC1C6VC||Traditional Geocache|
|Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve||GC1CF9D||Traditional Geocache|
|Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve||GC2AYMQ||Traditional Geocache|
|Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve*||GC60BFZ||Traditional Geocache|
|Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve*||GC602D8||Traditional Geocache|
*Caches at these preserves are owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. All other caches have been placed by individuals with prior permission from the Conservancy. The Conservancy is not responsible for maintaining these caches.
You will have a great adventure and may learn a little about our work as you play! 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; carry all trash out with you.
- 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.