I think one of the coolest things that the City of St. Paul offers for families is the Nature Geocaching Program. Each month from May to October, they offer GPS coordinates for a new cache. Families can get to know Saint Paul’s regional parks while going on an outdoor treasure hunt. Natural Resources staff hides caches monthly and offer activities designed to encourage learning and exploration of regional parks. Participants who successfully navigate to the provided GPS coordinates, find the cache, and complete the activity described inside are entered in a monthly prize drawing. This year there is a focus on Art in Nature.
“Nature has inspired many people throughout history to draw, write poetry, dance, sculpt, and more. This year’s Nature Geocache theme, Art in Nature, will encourage participants to see their surroundings with new eyes in cache activities and prizes. Be prepared to explore your inner artist”
To participate you will need some sort of GPS device, such as your phone. Get the coordinates HERE every month. Bring paper and writing utensil for activity completion and dress appropriately for off-trail walking.
To Play the Game Enter the coordinates of the geocache in your GPS device and navigate to that location. You may want to enter the coordinates in a mapping website like Google Maps to determine which park the cache is in. The cache is an old ammo can and may or may not be located near a trail. There may be blue flagging that will indicate that you are near the cache. Once you find the cache, use the combination provided below to open the lock. Complete the activity described inside, making sure to record your work on paper. Return all materials to the cache container, secure the combination lock, and place the cache back in its original location for the next participant.
Fill out the Nature Geocache Form with your contact information and activity results to enter the prize drawing. One entry per month per person is allowed.