It’s easy to participate!
First, you’ll need to download and print the Geo-Challenge Passport. This passport has a lot of useful information for you. First off, there is a handy quick start guide. You’ll also find information on each of the parks a cache is hidden in. There is a stamp within each cache, and the passport contains a handy grid to collect your stamps on.
Next, you’ll need to log onto the Geocaching website- www.geocaching.com. Here, you will need to create a free account if you don’t already have one. Then, you’ll need to download the coordinates for each of the Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge locations.
To participate in Geocaching and the Geo-Challenge, you will need a hand-held GPS unit. Many smart phones have GPS capabilities. You can also purchase GPS units at many sporting goods stores. You’ll also want to take along some trinkets with you. Many caches include small treasures within them. If you take some trinkets of your own, then you can swap for something within the cache. If you take a treasure from a cache, just make sure to leave something of equal or greater value in its place.
Now that you’re ready for the hunt, let me tell you a little about what you’ll be looking for. All of the Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge caches are in sealed ammo containers. They will be clearly labeled. In addition to swapping a trinket, make sure to sign your name and leave comments in the included logbook. Also, don’t forget to stamp the unique stamp onto the grid found within the Geo-Challenge Passport.
- With 15 completed caches you are eligible for a bronze level coin
- With 30 completed caches you are eligible for a silver level coin
- With 40 completed caches you are eligible for a gold level coin
When you reach each designated level, just bring your stamped PassPort into the park’s Visitor Center and receive a voucher for your coin. There is an address on the Georgia State Park’s website that you can send the voucher to. The Geo-Coin will be mailed to you.
There is also a more challenging Bonus Cache associated with each Geo-Coin Achievement Level. The clues can be obtained when you have found the designated number of caches.
We plan to start the Geo-Challenge this weekend. We’ll be traveling to Charleston via I20 and there are several participating state parks and historic sites along our route.
For your convenience– quick links to some important pages concerning the Geo-Challenge–
- Participating Parks
- Download the Geo-Challenge information brochure with grid sheet.
- Download just the Geo-Challenge grid sheet.
- www.Geocaching.com to get GPS coordinates for the cache locations by park