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Orienteering
Visit the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Web Site

Location: Tamarack Nature Center-White Bear Township

Tamarack Nature Center’s orienteering course was designed in cooperation with the Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC) to offer an introduction to orienteering for school groups, scouts, youth groups and families. Beginner, intermediate and advanced routes are available. Check out this website for more information.

Geocaching
Visit Web Site

Location: General Information

There are 7,636 geocaches around Minneapolis. This website shows you the 3 steps to begin your adventure.

Educational Event

How to Get Started Geocaching
Visit the REI Web Site

Location: General Information

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to exercise both mind and body? Try geocaching, the fast-growing sport that is akin to a modern-day treasure hunt. Check out this website for basics on getting started and geocaching etiquette.

Geocaching in Washington County
Visit the Washington County Parks Division Web Site

Location: Washington County Parks

This PDF will explain the Geocaching policy for Washington County. Caches are available in the parks for Families to find.

Geocaching
Visit the Carver County Parks Web Site

Location: Carver County Parks

Get active with the whole family and GEOCACHE! Geocaching is an excellent outdoor activity that requires little equipment and provides endless adventure. Explore the Carver County Regional Park areas while searching for hidden caches.

Permanent Orienteering Courses
Visit the Minnesota Orienteering Club Web Site

Location: Various Locations around the Twin Cities and Greater MN

Permanent Courses are specifically designed for those who are new to orienteering and are available to explore year-round and on your own time.

Geocaching
Visit the Ney Nature Center Web Site

Location: Ney Nature Center-Henderson

Check out this website for the Ney Nature Center Geocaching Policy.

GPS and Geocaching 101
Visit Web Site

Location: Informational

If you find geocaching interesting, but do not know where to start, check out the following guide. See website for tons of information on GPS and Geocaching. Shout out to Dakota for sharing this site with us, Thanks!

Geocaching
Visit the Eden Prairie Web Site

Location: Parks around Eden Prairie

Geocaching is a recreational pursuit that brings technology and nature together. Check out this website for information on geocaching in Eden Prairie.

Orienteering and Adventure Racing
Visit the Minnesota Orienteering Club Web Site

Location: Various Locations around the Twin Cities and Greater MN

If you are looking for a new adventure which mixes the great outdoors with a bit of a scavenger hunt, orienteering is the sport for you. If you currently enjoy hiking, geocaching, or just a leisurely walk in the park, we would love for you to come out and join us at one of our events. It is an activity that everyone in the family can enjoy, regardless of age or experience, and our local events are very inexpensive ranging from only $10-$15 for the entire family.

Geocaching
Visit the Three Rivers Park District Web Site

Location: 16 Locations within Three Rivers Park District

Geocaching is a family friendly, high-tech treasure hunt, using GPS equipment. Rules for Geocaching withing the Three Rivers Park District can be found by using this link. Download posted cache from the official geocaching website (link found within this location).

Mississippi River Geocaches
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

On this website you can find places to geocache and download all the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Geocaches to your GPS unit.

Geocaching 101
Visit Web Site

Location: General Information

Geocaching is wonderful family activity. All you need to get started in Geocaching is a GPS device. This website will take you through the steps of Geocaching and contains a short video on "What is Geocaching?"

Minnesota State Parks Geocaching
Visit the MN Department of Natural Resources Web Site

Location: Minnesota State Parks

Connect here it find out the rules, and different geocaching experiences available within our state park system.

Geocaching
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: East Coon Rapids Dam, Fort Snelling State Park, Mill Ruins Park District, & Minnehaha Regional Park

Geocaching is an outdoor game where participants use GPS receivers to find cleverly hidden caches. See this website for more information on geocaching at NPS National River & Recreation Area sites.

Geocaching in Ramsey County
Visit the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Web Site

Location: Ramsey County Parks

Over 40 Geocaching sites are available in Ramsey County for your family to try and locate using your GPS. You can also make your own cache and hide it in a specific area and then post your coordinates on the geocaching website at: www.geocaching.com.

Outdoor Family Fun - Geocaching with Kids
Visit the REI Web Site

Location: Various Sites in the Metro Area

Geocaching is a great family activity that combines the use of nature and technology. This site provides information and videos on how to get started with Geocaching. A great way to find out if geocaching is an activity that your family may be interested in becoming involved. 

Geocaching in Dakota County Parks
Visit the Dakota County Parks Web Site

Location: Dakota County Parks

Many geocaching sites are available in Dakota County Parks. No GPS unit? No problem, GPS equipment is available for check out free at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.

Free Loaner Equipment in State Parks
Visit the MN Department of Natural Resources Web Site

Location: Statewide

These kits are designed to give you a chance to try out a new activity before you purchase the necessary equipment. GPS units can be used to participate in the statewide Geocaching Program that involves hunting for hidden treasure. Check out this website for more information on these Free Loaner Kits.

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