Ranger Rick's Geocache Trails are one of the many ways National Wildlife Federation is working to encourage peoples love and curiosity for wildlife and wild places. This program is part of National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There campaign.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is a combination of old-fashioned treasure hunting, while using GPS technology, and spending time outdoors. With the help of a handheld GPS device or smartphone, people can hunt for geocaches hidden in public areas all over the world.
Whats are Ranger Rick's Geocache Trails?
Ranger Rick's Geocache Trails are a free, family-friendly outdoor activity featuring everyones favorite defenders of wildlife, Ranger Rick and his pals. Each geocache trail offers kids and parents opportunities to interact with the natural world through solving Ranger Rick's mystery and completing additional More to Explore activities, all while enjoying the thrill of discovering hidden treasure.
Ranger Rick's Geocache Trails are designed for families with kids ages 6-14, but intended for anyone with a sense of adventure.
What's in a geocache?
A geocache is a container of varying size whose GPS coordinates have been captured and posted online, at geocaching.com. Each geocache contains at least a log book for signing, but often includes small items for trading. Geocaches can be as small as a film canister, to as large as a metal ammo box.
Ranger Rick's geocaches are about the size of a large take-out container, and contain clue cards and stamps for solving Ranger Rick's mystery.
Before heading out, locate geocaches online at geocaching.com, by entering key words Ranger Rick Trails or going to geocaching.com/rangerricktrails. Then download the caches GPS coordinates to your handheld GPS device. If you have a phone with GPS technology, there are many applications that allow you to locate geocache coordinates and information from anywhere.
To search for a geocache, you simply follow the GPS coordinates on your device to the location. Geocaches are never buried. You may find a geocache tucked inside a log, tree stump, under a bush, or behind a wall. Often fallen sticks and leaves are used to disguise the geocache. Find more tips for geocaching here>>
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