Geocaching on a School or College Campus

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This activity was created to illustrate how to set up and run a geocaching course for educational purposes. This course was set up on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK. The course is largely comprised of virtual geocaches, which are objects already on the ground, such as statues, benches, and monuments, but also may include real geocaches—planted by geocachers and listed on (or an equivalent site). This course was established for a specific theme and geographic area, but the course could be adapted for other themes and geographic areas. If many people are participating in the geocaching activity, courses are included that run in the opposite direction (clockwise and counterclockwise, and one that begins at the midpoint) that includes the same clues and points, but they will ensure that not every participant is trying to find the same geocache at the same time. An answer key is included, so you may wish to withhold the answer key until the participants have completed the course. The activity is provided to help the educator to think about how they might use GPS and geocaching in their own courses.

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