This free event is geared towards beginners, however all levels are welcome. Call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 ext. 116 to register. You don’t need to own a GPSr, you can borrow one of ours for the day. If you do bring your own, please be sure to have your cable to connect to the computer for downloading cache locations. Come and be prepared to cure your Cabin Fever.
We also need experienced geocachers to volunteer and help us with the field practice. If you would like to volunteer either call or let us know when you log in.
10 am – Noon - Meet and Greet at the Heirloom Market/Café, 2200 Illinois 84, Thomson, IL 61252
12:30pm – 1:45pm - Introduction to Geocaching - Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center
7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, IL 61285
What is Geocaching?
What do you need to go Geocaching?
Where to find Geocaches
Why (do over 6 million people worldwide participate in) GeoCaching?
What does a Geocache look like?
What's in a Geocache? / Trackables
Types of Geocaches
Who hides Geocaches?
Getting started with Geocaching.com
What to do when you find a Geocache?
Tips for your First Geocaching Outing
How Geocachers Give Back
Global Positioning System (GPS) Basics
What is a GPS , What is a GPS Receiver (GPSr) and how do they work
Geocaching with your Smartphone
1:45 – 3:30 Let’s go geocaching
Participants will head out in search for hidden treasures. Some will be temporary hides for the event and some will be actual geocaches that can be logged as a find.