After doing winter walking tours, online quizzes, and special categories in the Best In Show Photo Competition, we’ve got a new activity at Meadowbrook Park and this one will get you outdoors in the beautiful spring weather! To commemorate the Wandell Sculpture Garden’s 25th Anniversary, four new geocaches have been hidden within the park near some of our newest sculptures.
What is geocaching? From https://www.geocaching.com/: “Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt happening right now, all around you. There are millions of geocaches worldwide. Geocaches are found in parks, urban areas, forests, deserts, on top of mountains, underwater — pretty much anywhere you can imagine.”
After going through several steps of development, geocaching.com went online in September of 2000 with a total of 75 hidden caches. The founders continue to lead the company with an ongoing mission: “Inspire outdoor adventure, exploration, and community”. Sounds like a great fit for the Urbana Park District!
Find these four geocaches (and others around C-U) by using:
The Geocaching® app: https://www.geocaching.com/play/mobile
A GPS device: https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=34
Create an account for free and join the fun. Using clues plus the map and compass on your app, you’ll track down the hidden location of the geocache. Open it up and sign the paper log and then register it on the app to keep track of your finds. The four geocaches, or caches, are different sizes and different containers. Some caches have prizes or swag inside, which is great fun for young people. The rule is that you can take anything from the cache, but you must leave a trinket of your own of greater or similar value.
If you’re new to geocaching, these four are a great introduction to this fun hobby. They are all relatively easily hidden and reachable. Later this summer, we will have a photo scavenger hunt at the Garden as well!