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28 Feb

Tips and Tricks:

We usually have at least the same number of caches as groups.

Assigning jobs to each student in the group helps things run smoothly and engages all students.  Here’s some example jobs: 

  • Navigator
  • Recording (records the info on the clipboard)
  • Hider (put the cache back in it’s spot)
  • Reader (reads the question)
  • Holder (holds the “loot” baggie, if there is one)
  • Team Monitor (keeps everyone together)

Limit the number caches the first time students geocache. 

Always have a back up inclement weather date that everyone involved knows.

Have students point the gps units toward the sky (more people can see and the gps units work better).  We tell them NOT to put them around their necks.

We have found that having an adult or older student in each group works best the first time geocaching is introduced to the class.  Involve parent volunteers and PTA members (they may help you purchase gps units later).

We use geocaching order strips to help groups move from cache to cache smoothly.  Each group gets a different strip of paper with a different order of caches on it.  Here are some already made based on the number of caches in the activity.

Four Caches
Five Caches
Six Caches
Seven Caches

Eight Caches

Laminating the activity sheets and using dry erase markers saves paper.  We recommend the expo markers with the eraser on the tip.

We use a clipboard with a baggie, a geocaching strip, a pencil or dry erase marker, and the activity sheet for each group.

Directions on how to use the GPS units can be placed on the back of the clipboard.  Here are the labels we use for our units:

GPS Direction Labels

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your cache contains.  It is a great opportunity to recycle! Examples:

  • Butter containers
  • Take out containers
  • Cool Whip containers

Want ideas from other educators?

Geocaching 101 by Jen Deyenberg