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 The Trail:

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  • Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails contain either 3, 5, or 8 geocaches to be hidden around your property, for geocachers to find.

  • Each geocache on your trail will have it’s own web page on geocaching.com.

  • Before setting out for their adventure, kids and parents will download your trail's coordinates to a GPS unit or smartphone from geocaching.com. There they will also download a Ranger Rick’s passport. When geocachers find one of your caches, they will sign Ranger Rick’s log book, found inside. Each geocache also features a Ranger Rick mystery. Cachers are asked to solve the mystery by stamping their passport. Additional “More to Explore” activities are included in each cache, as well as opportunities for trading.

  • Geocachers can fill their passports by finding all of the geocaches along your trail.

  • At the end of the adventure, kids and parents will log on to geocaching.com, post their finds, and share their experiences. Answers to the mysteries can be found online at RangerRickTrails.com (coming soon)

    Example of Ranger Rick's Geocache Trails log book, clue card, and passport

    Ranger Rick with GPS

Our Goals:

The National Wildlife Federation and Ranger Rick magazine want to encourage families to spend more time having fun, in the great outdoors. 

Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails are a great new way to inspire curiosity and learning about the natural world, while providing the satisfaction of seeking and finding hidden “treasure.” The program is designed to be fun for first-time geocachers or experienced geocachers.

What is the difference between a geocache and a geocache trail?

A geocache is a single box, hidden in a location with no relation to other geocaches. A geocache trail is a series of geocaches, joined by a common theme. Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails are wildlife-themed geocaches, that include mysteries to solve and nature-related activities to do along the way. Geocache trails help to provide a more structured experience for geocachers. They make planning for a geocache outing faster and easier.

Geocache trails allow a facility to provide a well-rounded experience for the geocacher. For more information on the benefits of becoming a trail host, check out these reasons to host a Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trail.

More on Trading

Trading is a popular part of geocaching. The rule is, if you take something out of the geocache, you must leave something of equal or greater value behind.

Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails come with Ranger Rick items to help you begin the trading process. The geocaches on your trail will quickly fill up with other traded items, but feel free to include your own stuff, such as promotional items, coupons, or educational materials.

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Who is Ranger Rick?

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  • Ranger Rick has been inspiring America’s youth to know and love wildlife for over 40 years.
  • Ranger Rick magazine, published by the National Wildlife Federation, is a wildlife-focused publication for ages 7 and up
  • What is Geocaching?

  • A free high-tech treasure hunt
  • GPS coordinates are used to locate hidden containers outdoors
  • Engages 4 million people +
  • More than 1.2 million geocaches in the world
  • Geocachers use a handheld GPS device or SmartPhone
  • Geocaches contain a log book for geocachers to sign
  • Geocaches can contain items for trading
  • Learn more at GEOCACHING.COM.

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