Geocaching activities at Grasslands National Park
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a fun, outdoor treasure hunting game. Participants use Global Positioning System or GPS units to find hidden containers called caches. The caches are hidden in special places in Grasslands National Park. When you find the cache, you will discover why that place is so important! Don’t have a GPS? Stop by the Visitor Centre and rent one.
Five Themes – West Block
Find 5 geocaches hidden in the West Block of Grasslands National Park. Each cache has a short story about one of the 5 Park Themes! You can complete this multicache while visiting other areas of the park. You will need to hike about 10km total but this can be done over one day or several!
Discover the Secrets of the Badlands – East Block
Find 6 geocaches hidden in the East Block of Grasslands National Park. Each cache has a short story about the history of the badlands! You will need to hike about 12km total but this can be done over one day or several!
Kids Go Geocaching – East Block
Search through the Badlands for 3 geocaches! Watch for wildlife, learn about the homesteaders or perhaps discover a dinosaur fossil! To complete this challenge, kids will need to find 3 caches located along the Rim by the McGowan’s Access Road.
To participate, here’s what you need to do:
Join the global GPS caching website. It’s free.
- Search “Five Themes”, “Discover the Secrets of the Badlands”, or “Kids Go Geocaching – East Block”
- Collect your booklet at the Visitor Reception Centre.
- Find each cache.
- Geocoins are available for purchase from the Visitor Centre.
Geocaching at Grasslands National Park
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