Winter Geocaching

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Date(s) - 12/31/2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Horseshoe Bend


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“Just because the temperatures have dropped and it’s snowing doesn’t mean we have to put the GPS units away,” said environmental education coordinator Karess Knudtson.

So get out your smartphone or register to borrow one of the conservation board’s GPS units and go geocaching 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area in Milford.

Meet at the warming house in the Winter Sports Area and then bundle up and head outside to find four Ranger Rick geocaches hidden throughout the park.

What is geocaching, you ask? According to, the widely used “go to” for everything geocache related, geocaching is defined as “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

Knudtson will guide people of all ages — grandparents and parents are invited to come along with their children or grandchildren — on a hike through Horseshoe Bend to search for four caches hidden there.

Once the participants find the Ranger Rick cache, they can read the clue on the enclosed card to figure out what Ranger Rick character is represented at that stop, then stamp the animal’s footprint on their souvenir passport, and finally record their names and the date in the logbook.

Geocaching is an activity that can be done year round, and a little snow can make the search even more challenging and exciting.

Whether you’re an experienced cacher or are completely new to the activity, take this time during winter break to hone or learn a new skill. Please call 712-336-6352 to pre-register for this free event.

The approximately one-hour Winter Geocaching hike will end back at the warming house where a fun surprise will be waiting.

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