Lace up your hiking boots and grab your smartphone for a family-fun adventure. We’re combining two of our popular programs — Junior Ranger and Geocaching — to get you outside on a modern-day treasure hunt while earning your Junior Ranger Badge. This limited-time adventure is great for all ages, and all you need to get started is a smart phone or a GPS device.
Take the Challenge
It’s easy and fun! First download the Junior Ranger Geocaching Challenge Passport. There you’ll find each of the eight caches and their GC codes. Enter the codes either on geocaching.com or use the geocaching.com app on your smartphone to get the location coordinates for each cache.
Next, get your smartphone or GPS device ready and head out to the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area to get started. When you visit each cache, you’ll find a special postcard insert that has a unique password for each location. Record the password on your passport.
You have until February 29, 2020 to complete the passport. When you’re done, complete the prize form or send us an email with your mailing address and a picture of your completed passport, and we’ll send you your well-earned Junior Ranger Badge and other treats. We also have a limited number of Junior Ranger Discovery Kits to give away to those who complete the challenge first.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a high-tech, outdoor adventure game where players use a handheld GPS device or smartphone to find hidden treasures. These “treasures” are called geocaches and are placed at unique places, often out of sight. Geocache containers come in all shapes and sizes and contain a logbook and sometimes special prizes for trading. Geocaching began in 2000 and has since gained widespread popularity with an estimated 5 million geocachers worldwide. There are currently geocaches on all seven continents and even on the International Space Station. Getting started with geocaching is easy. Simply go to Geocaching.com and sign up for a free membership then start searching for nearby caches!
In the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, we have nearly 90 caches throughout this dynamic landscape. To learn more about our program, visit our Geocaching Program website.