Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game that is played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with a GPS or smartphone.
Played by all types of people, the basic idea is to use a GPS or smartphone to locate a hidden container – called a geocache – then share your experience online with the rest of the world!
Geocaching bridges the gap between technology and active play. It can be combined with virtually any outdoor activity and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
It’s a great way to bring friends and family together while having fun and enjoying unstructured, free-range play. Why not make it a part of your next family outing, holiday or sports club event, or set up your own geocache and watch how many people find it?
Read a great blog on how to get started geocaching with your family here...
To get you started
Nature Play WA has placed eight kid-friendly geocaches in the Perth metro area:
- Forrestfield: Who's the king of animals in Africa? (GC3NDBZ)
- Curtin University, Bentley campus: Pretty maids all in a row (GC3NDBX))
- Kings Park: Quack, Quack, Roar (GC2Z4WW)
- Woodman Point: Bunker Bonanza (GC2Z4W8)
- Walyunga National Park: Syd's Rock Den (GC34M03)
- Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup: Home on the Range (GC2Z4WG).
There is no need to restrict yourself to these geocaches though. There are over two million geoaches hidden worldwide and several of these are likely to be right in your neighbourhood. To find more geocaches near you, visit www.geocaching.com. It's free, it's easy and kids love it!
NATURE PLAY WA GPS UNITS FOR HIRE
Nature Play WA is re-developing a new GPS hire program. Check back soon!
Geocaching in the classroom
Nature Play WA has created a series of geocaching lesson plans for the classroom. They are specifically for Year 6 students to support our annual Nature Play Geo-Challenge event, but can easily be modified for other year levels.
Need more info?
For more information on geoaching, visit these links:
- What is Geocaching?
- A Guide to Geocaching
- Cycling Geocache Adventure
- Kayak Geocaching
- Geocaching: Treasure Hunting with your Kids
- Geocaching for the Blind
- Handicaching – Improving the accessibility of geocaching for all
- Accessible Geocaching.
The Geocaching.com logo and texts are used with permission of Groundspeak Inc.