Geocaching is a high tech “treasure hunting” game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices or smart phones. The general idea is to locate hidden containers called geocaches or simply caches. Once you find it, take a trinket and leave one of your own behind if you wish, sign the logbook and share your experiences through Geocaching.com.
Cache Your Way Across McHenry County Ongoing GeoSeries
The goal is to highlight the BEST spots throughout the McHenry County Conservation District. Complete the tour and earn your own special trackable geocoin! Only one coin per household.
To participate in our program and earn a special District geo-coin, follow these simple steps:
1.) Download a McHenry Conservation District Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoSeries pocket passport
2.) Go to geocaching.com and create a login (it’s free for basic membership!).
3.) Start your search and locate a cache using a hand-held GPS unit or a GPS app on your smart phone. Our containers are clear plastic containers and will have official District labels and info cards.
4.) When you find a cache, log your name on the logbook inside. Write the answer to the question in your passport. (Information and your question is located on the cache’s page on geocaching.com) Exceptions are the Earthcaches – there are no log books or containers at Earthcaches – and the two smaller sized caches.
***If you have already found the 4 pre-existing Earthcaches you do not need to find them again! If you remember the answers, use those. If you do not, simply put the date and your geocaching id down as I can check the logs to see your recorded visit.***
5.) Some of the caches may have travel bugs. Please move these bugs along and do not keep them! You will get your own to keep when you finish the program.
6.) Complete all the caches and bring your passport to one of our facilities to claim a coin. Be sure to check each facility’s hours before heading out. Hours and days open vary depending on the site.
OR mail it to:
McHenry County Conservation District
18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
OR e-mail a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
***Note on site closures or temporarily disabled caches***
If you are traveling from out of town and a cache is temporarily disabled either due to a site closure or some kind of issue with the cache, on the passport record disabled and the date. You will still be able to claim a coin!
EXTRA: Additional Info – includes suggestions on where to stay, eat and other local events. Don’t just come for a day, stay for a weekend!
GeoCoins By Year
Cache Your Way 2017 Challenge
The Cache Your Way Across McHenry County challenge will run from approximately August 1-November 30, 2017. This year’s theme is owls. Complete the challenge and earn yourself a 2017 GeoCoin. All caches will be live on geocaching.com. This is a separate program from the GeoSeries. Very few of the GeoSeries sites are part of the 2017 Challenge – all caches are clearly marked to avoid any confusion. There will only be a limited number of coins made/given out for the 2017 Challenge and are on a first come first served basis. Only one coin per household will be given out.
Complete your 2017 Answer Sheet and claim your coin! Same rules and pickup locations as the main GeoSeries.
Are you on social media? Use #cacheyourway2017 on Facebook and Instagram to share your pictures and stories with us!
***Please pay special attention to site closures. If a site is closed DO NOT enter. Due to the very rain July, some of the sites are currently closed. Visit our Site Advisories Page before heading out. We will also try to keep the geocaching facebook page up to date.***
Geocaching with the District
New Geocachers: Please join us in playing! All are welcome who observe and obey the rules. Please do not move or vandalize the container. Replace the cache in the same spot in like or better conditions than you found it. When you leave, make sure the cache is completely covered. Please do not remove the informational card from the containers, this is a essential game piece for cachers completing the GeoTour. The real treasure is just finding the container and sharing your thoughts with everyone who finds it.
For more information, visit Geocaching.com and learn about this fun “game.”
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