Geocaching turns 12 this weekend, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by taking the kids out for a round of treasure hunting.
If you have never tried it, Geocaching is a great way to spend time with the kids, exploring the area around Guelph. There are dozens of caches, some in town and many in the trails and parks just outside of town. To get started all you need is a GPS or a smartphone and a free membership at geocaching.com Simply search on Guelph to find local caches.
There are a variety of caches. Some are simply small notebooks which you sign when you find it. Others have small treasures to trade – if you take something you much put something different into the cache for others to find. Some are puzzle caches, some are themed, and some contain travel bugs or geocoins which move from cache to cache and are trackable online. The geocaching website highlights the best caches for beginners to try.
We love geocaching for lots of reasons. It’s a great way to reinforce geography and reasoning skills, it’s lead us to some interesting new trails and hiking spots, and it’s been a fun way to discover a bit of local history, or geology.
If you haven’t tried it, it’s a great way to play outdoors as a family. Guelph Lake Nature Centre, other GRCA parks, and the Royal Botanical Gardens all have GPS family activities planned throughout the year so you can give it a try with the guidance of a naturalist and guide. For more information you can check out the introduction to geocaching video below, or read more beginner’s tips at the geocaching.com website.
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