NWF Announces New Ranger Rick Geocache Trails

Fun Outdoor Adventure for Whole Family

06-17-2011 // Mary Burnette
Family Hiking

National Wildlife Federation is launching Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails, a fun outdoor adventure for kids and their families. To establish trails in numerous communities throughout the country, National Wildlife Federation is looking for more parks, nature centers, and other outdoor recreational sites to serve as trail hosts in their area.  Ranger Rick’s trails marry GPS-enabled treasure hunting, or geocaching, with a wildlife-themed game featuring Ranger Rick and his pals from the award-winning children’s magazine published by National Wildlife Federation.

Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails combines ‘screen time with green time’ in a fun, interactive way that encourages learning about nature and wildlife.” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, Vice President of Corporate Relations and Special Events for National Wildlife Federation.

Especially for families with kids from 6-14, Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails can live in parks, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, beaches, public gardens, nature trails, campgrounds and any outdoor facility across the country. Each trail package delivers a turn-key program with geocache boxes, log books, paw print stamps, Ranger Rick trading items, and a game to enhance the adventure. Hosts hide Ranger Rick’s Geocaches on their sites and upload the GPS coordinates to the website.

Here’s how Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails work:

Ranger Rick with binoculars

Families start their adventure online at www.rangerricktrails.com to find a nearby trail and print the downloadable passport game sheet. Each geocache will have its own page online with information about the location and terrain, clues to help you find the treasure and coordinates for downloading onto a GPS unit or Smartphone. 

Then it’s time to hit the trail and start the search. Along the way, families will actively observe and connect with their natural surroundings, stimulating kid’s imaginations and curiosity while keeping them moving.

When families find a Ranger Rick’s geocache and shout “Eureka”, they will sign a log book found inside the cache. Using the cache’s clue card and stamp they will guess which of Ranger Rick’s pals had been there and stamp their passport with the answer. Each geocache contains a different clue card and paw print stamp featuring Ranger Rick or one of his pals.

Like other geocaching programs, trading is central to the experience. Before moving on, families can take a treasure from the box and replace it with something of their own. The first geocachers to locate a cache might find a pair of kid’s binoculars, or a flashlight. Then it’s time to hit the trail again in search of more geocaches.

A walk with Grampy

Once back home, geocachers go online to check passport answers at RangerRickTrails.com and learn more about Ranger Rick’s pals. Kids can also share stories about their adventure with other geocachers who found the cache at www.geocaching.com.

To bring geocaching to more communities NWF has partnered with Groundspeak, the creators of geocaching.com, along with SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Nickelodeon. Special geocaches can be found in select locations featuring Ranger Rick and Shamu or a special trading item from Nickelodeon.

To learn more or become a trail host, visit www.rangerricktrails.com.

To learn more about geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com

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