Geocaching in Birmingham (and Beyond!)

Are you familiar with Geocaching? If you have kids, you need to know about this activity, it’s great to do as a family.

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers in random places all over the world. You might be surprised what you can find in your own backyard or neighborhood!

Although it’s been around for more than 10 years, it wasn’t until recently that I paid attention to the concept and now that I have children, I understand the appeal of this high tech game of hide and seek.

According to Wikipedia “a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trade items then record the cache’s coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site. Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing site and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers. The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online. Geocachers are free to take objects (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value.”

Kids love to treasure hunt and with the help of your trusty smart phone and a couple of apps, this has never been easier. So visit your app store and download an app or two and spend one of these nice fall weekends having some family fun.

To learn more about Geocaching, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center will be hosting a Family Geocaching event on Saturday October 22nd – This course is perfect for those interested in learning more about how to geocache, as well those who just need a little guidance. Families will learn the basics of geocaching and will also have the opportunity to search for caches on the mountain. ●$10/ family. ●Reservations required.  Reserve your spot today at ● Each family needs to have at least one handheld GPS unit or smartphone with a GPS or geocaching app

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