MROSD launches geocaching program, July 9

Press release

By on Fri, June 10, 2011

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is launching its new geocaching program, the Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge, on July 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve with an event for those interested in learning more about becoming part of an expanding network of adventurous bay area treasure hunters. The launch will provide participants of all experience levels with the opportunity to learn about the program, pick up the materials needed to get started, and interact with geocaching experts from Magellan, REI, and members of Geocachers of the Bay Area. for attending this event is required.

Three optional clinics for first time geocachers will take place at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm and require sign ups in advance separate from event RSVP as space is limited. The one hour clinics include a geocaching tutorial and guided hike to search for nearby geocaches. Participants in the Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge will receive a ‘preserve passport’ to carry while using their personal handheld GPS device to search for a designated circuit of geocaches located throughout 22 open space preserves. Each geocache contains a stamp and partcipants can earn unique collectables as they fill up their passports. Check the District’s website for full program information, FAQ’s, and guidelines.

Geocaching is an exciting way to combine technology and outdoor adventure. Fun for all ages and hiking abilities, geocaching provides a means for getting both physical and mental exercise while enjoying nature with family and friends. Players set out on a treasure hunt with a handheld GPS device to locate hidden caches, sign the log book inside, see what others have left behind, and share their experiences online afterwards. Many are drawn to geocaching for the thrill and challenge of problem solving their way through a real outdoor adventure.