Geocaching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS to track down a hidden container with an item inside, known as a geocache. The containers are usually waterproof and relatively small – a jar, Tupperware or the like – inside will be small item, a toy or trinket of little value and a logbook.
The locations of the Geocaches vary. Some are very easy to find and in a convenient place, while others may be very well hidden and only accessible by hiking. Because there are so many different locations and degrees of difficulty, it is a fun activity for all ages!
In New York the Geocaching season just opened this past Memorial Day Weekend and it will continue until Veteran’s Day. According to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Saratoga/Capital District Region will be hiding 44 new geocaches in 11 state parks, including Fulton County’s own Johnson Hall State Historic Site. At the end of the season there will be a drawing for prizes for those who successfully complete the challenge – find any 35 of the 44 new geocaches.
To start geocaching all you need is a GPS, and a “Geocaching Passport,” which can be downloaded here or can be picked up from any of the participating parks. If you fill your passport, and complete the challenge by finding 35 of the 44 geocaches, go to any park office to submit your name for the drawing. Prizes range from an Eastern Mountain Sports Free Range Day Pack to a New York State Parks fleece blanket.
Get a group of friends together or make it a family activity and go geocaching!
Fulton County is home to hundreds of geocaching sites! Visit www.geocaching.com to find out where and to learn more about this high-tech game of hide and seek!
Attend a Learn to Geocache workshop at one of the following locations:
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
June 2 at 11am
Saratoga Spa State Park
June 24 at 3pm
Grafton Lakes State Park
July 7 at 2pm
J.B. Thacher State Park
August 4 at 9am