Modern Outdoor Scavenger Hunting

Explore the great outdoors in a whole new way with modern outdoor scavenger hunts! Geocaching, Letterboxing, and Munzee are all exciting activities that involve searching for hidden treasures using GPS coordinates, clues, or a smart phone app. Geocaching utilizes GPS technology to find hidden containers, letterboxing involves following written clues to discover hidden boxes containing rubber stamps, and munzee combines GPS tracking with scanning QR codes to locate hidden items. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or new to outdoor exploration, these activities offer fun and excitement for all ages. Join the hunt and uncover hidden treasures waiting to be discovered in your area!

Geocaching – locate and log caches using GPS coordinates and hints

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

How can I get involved in geocaching?

The easiest way to get involved in geocaching is to attend a geocaching event.  There are many posted at the web sites above. 

Are there geocaches in NLR Parks?

Yes.  There are many geocaches in and around NLR Parks with more being added.  Burns Park has over 30 geocaches alone.

May I place a cache in a city park?

You must have a permit from us to place a cache in a city park.  There is no cost, just fill out and submit a form, we will evaluate the location and cache description, and let you know of our decision within a day or two.

Geocacher’s Creed (more info…)

Safe • Legal • Ethical

When placing or seeking geocaches, I will:

  1. Not endanger myself or others
  2. Observe all laws & rules of the area
  3. Respect property rights and seek permission where appropriate
  4. Avoid causing disruptions or public alarm
  5. Minimize my and others’ impact on the environment
  6. Be considerate of others
  7. Protect the integrity of the game pieces
Letterboxing – locate and log boxes using clues

Letterboxing is an intriguing “treasure hunt” style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online on one of several Web sites. However, clues to finding some of the most highly-sought boxes are passed around by word of mouth.

There are about 60,000 active letterboxes listed on LbNA alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and occasionally contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s logbook.

Munzee – locate and log QR Codes using a smart phone app (can participate in teams) to collect points

Track down QR Codes hidden in the real world and capture them for points. Whether you are a casual player, an avid explorer, or a hardcore competition enthusiast, Munzee helps you rediscover the world around you.

For more information about this program, please contact Jeff Caplinger (501-791-8540).