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What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS (Global Positioning System) users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit while enjoying the outdoors. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations hide caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. One of the most popular sites is ''. GPS users can then use the coordinates of the cache locations to find the hidden items. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. When the geocacher finds and collects an item from a cache they should replace the collected item with one of equal or greater value so that the next visitor can find treasure too!

How do you pronounce "Geocaching"?  You pronounce it geo-cashing, like cashing a check.

Public Caches in Carver County Parks...

  • Lake Minnewashta Regional Park--8 caches
  • Lake Waconia Regional Park--4 caches
  • Baylor Regional Park--4 caches

Use to view/download cache coordinates.

Public Geocaching Guidelines and Registration: Follow this link to learn how to place a geocache in the parks.

GPS Photo_Aug_21 Photo of kids with Geocache GPS

Private Geocaching Programs

One of the neat things about Geocaching is you can do it anywhere! For our private group programming, Carver County Parks instructors will set-up a custom geocaching course at an appropriate difficulty level with unique treasures for your group. We offering Geocaching for s'mores where participants search for the ingredients needed to make the treats! Similarly, we can offer environmental education based geocaching for trees, nature facts, puzzle pieces, etc. The program is highly customizable! Each event includes instruction on using the GPS unit and tips for being successful.

Carver Parks Department facilitates private Geocaching programming with a variety of groups at the location of their choice. Check out our Private Programming flyer for more information on booking your group's Geocaching Program.

Links to More Information on Geocaching

Minnesota Geocaching Association


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