Geocaching

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Geocaching is an outdoor activity using a Global Positioning Sysem (GPS) device to hide and find containers (geocaches) left by others. Usually a cache is a waterproof container with a logbook inside. Once a person finds the cache, they enter the date it was found and place it back exactly where they found it. 

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Geocaching Regulations

Since April 30, 2009, MDC has permitted geocachers and letterboxers who acquire a Special Use Permit to place caches and letterboxes on many conservation areas. To get a Special Use Permit, search our online Conservation Atlas to find the area you wish to use, and call the phone number listed for that area. You do not need to have a Special Use Permit to search for caches on conservation areas, only to place them. Thanks for using and enjoying your Missouri Department of Conservation areas!

Contact the conservation area manager before leaving a geocache in an area.

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Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:00 pm - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Did you know there are treasures hiding all around you? Geocaching is a fun pastime in which you follow GPS coordinates to a specific location, or box, filled with trinkets. In this program, we will discuss different types of caches, safety, and give you a set of coordinates to explore (Cape County). For those of you participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn you a yellow outdoor adventure bead, and virtual participants are welcome to pick up their bead at he nature center after the program.

Note: Participants will need a mobile GPS unit or to download a GPS app to their smart device to participate in the geocaching activity. Participants are welcome to tune in from other parts of the state even though they will be unable to follow the coordinates given.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: March 18 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Did you know there are treasures hiding all around you? Geocaching is a fun pastime in which you follow GPS coordinates to a specific location or box filled with trinkets. In this program, we will discuss different types of caches, safety, and GPS use. Then we’ll hit the trails to find some “treasure.” For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.