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What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is often described as the "world's largest treasure hunt". It involves looking for caches, or hidden stashes of objects. Participants use global positioning system (GPS) devices or smartphones to look for coordinates (the longitude and latitude) of caches. Caches usually have two or three parts: a waterproof container, a logbook to list the people who visit the cache, and sometimes a low-cost trinket. Once found, geocachers will sign the log book and place the cache exactly where they found it for the next person to discover. Some caches are meant to have participants take an object and leave an object, while others are just meant to be a fun discovery and a great way to practice skills like way-finding. Common materials found inside caches might include foreign currency, keychains, ornaments, or booklets. Valuable objects, food, or other items that could be easily damaged are not allowed in geocaching.
Brushwood Center's Geocaching
In partnership with the Village of Riverwoods, Brushwood Center created two caches to help folks explore nature during the pandemic. Geocaching is a fun, family-friendly activity and a great way to learn new skills. Each cache contains surprises to help you explore our woodlands. Enjoy a nice summer walk as you locate our caches at the following coordinates:
You will not have to dig to find these caches or disturb any wildlife, both are above ground and discoverable without going off path or into protected areas.