Three Creeks Community Library is hosting a free “Intro to Geocaching” workshop with instructors Mike Tribe and Debbi Patton, members of the Washington State Geocaching Association, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Geocaching is a real-world (no LARPing necessary!) outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
To play, all you need is a GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone and a free geocaching.com membership. Players first visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page, then do a search based on their postal code. Next, they choose a geocache from the list and click on its name, then enter the coordinates of the geocache into their GPS. Players use GPS to help find the hidden geocache. They sign the logbook, return the geocache to its original location, then share their geocaching stories and photos online.
Geocaches can be found all over the world. It’s common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at a local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater, or on the side of a city street. It’s a great family activity—especially for tweens and teens—but there are also geocaching associations of adults and seniors around the globe, too!
The workshop is free and no registration is required. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. For more information, call 360-906-4790.