Geocaching is a worldwide outdoor activity in which participants (of any age) utilize a GPS enabled device to locate hidden containers called Caches.  Caches come in all shapes & sizes and range from easy to approach & very obvious to find to requiring specialized equipment & extremely difficult for even the most seasoned geocacher.  Chances are, you pass dozens every day without even knowing it.  Read on to find out more about how you can get started.

Here are a few of the Caches on & around the Allendale campus as of July 2014.

Nearby Caches

Getting Started

Getting started is easy.  Just follow the steps below:

  1. Obtain a GPS enabled device (the OAC rents handheld GPS units or you can download the official app on your smartphone for $9.99)
  2. Create a free account on
  3. Search for nearby caches & upload them to your GPS unit (or via the smartphone app)

To learn more about geocaching etiquette and rules, visit the Geocaching 101 webpage.

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Page last modified April 27, 2016