The STEM Center has been doing a lot with EarthCaching over the years and so we were happy to celebrate International GeoCache Day this this summer on August 18th.
Started over a decade ago, geocaching involves following GPS coordinates to a hidden box (a cache) where you can exchange trinkets with other geocachers and sign your name to leave your mark. EarthCaching is similar but rather than finding a box you are led to a natural feature of the world around us: a striking rock formation, a stream that’s an excellent example of erosion, a beautiful collection of minerals, or something else compelling. Geocaching is a great use of technology for educators to connect with standards like the Earth & Space Science core ideas from the NGSS.
If you’ve been wanting to try this hobby out or if this is your first exposure to earthcaching, August 18th is a great opportunity to get involved. Lots of sites (geocaching.com in particular) will be posting new geocaching challenges. Tie it into your classroom, go out with your kids, or try it yourself and see what geocaching is all about!