Geocaching

Big news! Our class is going to be trying out geocaching as an outdoor ed/Social Studies activity.

Garmin Handheld Gps Clip Art

What is geocaching, Mrs. Walton?

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Doesn’t that sound like FUN?

We have a family in our class who are avid geocachers, and they are going to help us hide 6 new caches in the Blackfalds area in November. They are generously donating the containers and path tags so we can get things under way – thank you, Eggleton family!

So what do you need us to do, Mrs. Walton?

We need some small toys and prizes to leave in the containers. When you find a geocache, the proper routine is to choose something from inside, and leave something different behind. We need some prizes to get our caches started. Any small trinkets would be great donations – they must be small in size, non-perishable (no food or candy please), and fairly unbreakable. Remember these caches will be outside in public places, so they will be exposed to the Alberta climate!

What kinds of prizes could I donate?

  • McDonald’s toys

  • plastic figures / action figures

  • collectible pins

  • erasers

  • costume jewelry

  • toy cars

How can I find out more?

Check out this great geocaching website for more information. (IF you want to try this at home without a GPS, there is also an app for that!)

http://www.geocaching.com/

When we have set out our new caches, your children will be able to tell you all about our new learning adventure. Stay tuned!

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5 thoughts on “Geocaching

  1. Fantastic Idea, 4Wa! Geocaching has always been a favorite hobby of mine – it’s a great way to get a bit of fresh air and exercise! I can’t wait to try to locate your new Blackfalds caches… let me know when they’re hidden:)

  2. This sounds like so much fun! I myself had never even heard of this kind of activity, very neat and great way to get to know their hometown area better 🙂

  3. We read about this in a magazine this summer and thought it would be fun. I’m excited to try this in our area.

  4. Geez, I would like to go back to grade 4! Sounds like a great time and good way to learn about directions, maps, coordinates, all that fun stuff that will help along the road of life! Very excited to hear reports about it come home with Bailey.

  5. Grade Job, Grade 4! I enjoyed reading all of your advice about geocaching. I am also excited that your class added some new geo caches to our community. I have some exploring to do!

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