MISSOURI – Are you up for an adventure? If so, geocaching is the perfect way to explore new things without going too far.
Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt that allows participants to find hidden containers full of trinkets and treasures, also known as caches. All it takes to participate is a good pair of shoes and a cell phone or a GPS.
Coordinates for caches can be downloaded to a GPS online or through their mobile app. Caches, which vary in size and difficulty, can be found in most areas, including towns, cities, and wooded areas. With hundreds of geocaches just within the KMZU listening area alone, most people are not very far from one at any time.
KMZU’s Sara Miles was able to speak with Allison Dubbert, a Historian with the Missouri State Parks, about geocaching and how State Parks can help.
The Missouri State Parks encourages geocaching as a way for families to discover nature. Caches can be placed, with permission, in state parks. These caches are open for all to find.
“We encourage people to get out in our parks and find those spots. “ Dubbert stated.
Dubbert also explained that sometimes caches are located in unique places. These places could have historical or educational properties and players could find something they would not have otherwise.
Even children who would normally not be interested in the outdoors and would rather use electronics would enjoy geocaching.
“I think geocaching is a great way to get kids who are interested in technology, get them using technology but do it in such a way that their outside walking around.” Dubbert added, “It’s an excellent way to combine technology with getting outside and kids love that.”
More information about geocaching can be found at www.geocaching.com