2011: Geocaching Year in Review The final geocaching hours in 2011 are ticking away. But the year won’t be forgotten. The geocaching adventure grew like never before in 2011. Just a few fun things that happened this year: -More than 400,000 new active geocaches were listed on Geocaching.com. That’s quite a bit geocaching for your “to do” list in 2012. -New maps, statistics and Favorite Points were added to enrich the geocaching experience. -Geocaching Challenges were launched, helping bring adventure to every location. -The community celebrated the first International Geocaching Day! Check out the 2011 Geocaching Year in Review video [...]
Rumor has it Geocaching.com internet servers are run by cute, hard-working, squeaky-voiced hamsters. Now you can have a Geocaching.com hamster of your own. Your hamster could either be a Trackable or commemorated on clothing. The hamsters just launched their own products today. You know you’re kind of a big deal when you have your own merchandise line. But the humble hamsters weren’t always big time. The hamsters toiled running Geocaching.com (Groundspeak) servers in obscurity for years. All that changed six months ago. Thousands of geocachers watched this first Geocaching.com hamster video as the site received a server upgrade in May. [...]
By: Kara Bonilla Teachers for all grade levels have begun to use the location-based treasure hunting adventure of geocaching as a teaching tool. Teachers say students learning through geocaching enjoy benefits far beyond learning outside of a classroom setting; geocaching makes learning more enjoyable and creates unforgettable learning opportunities for students. Ellis Reyes, a fifth grade teacher at West Mercer Elementary in Washington, USA, has been using geocaching in the classroom for the past two years. He integrates the activity into several subjects. Ellis hides different types of geocaches for his students to find on campus and in nearby local [...]
By Kara Bonilla Ever think that the only things teenagers do are play video games, lay around, and complain? Think again. Teenagers worldwide have picked up on geocaching and their passion for the sport is only growing stronger with age. A recent survey shows nearly five percent of geocachers are 18 or younger, that’s still nearly a quarter of a million geocachers. Joey (jmilla210), 15, from California has been geocaching for two years. Joey has loved the game ever since he was first introduced to geocaching. He found his first cache with family members on Thanksgiving Day of 2009. When [...]
This is Karla. She is a student at a low income elementary school in Texas and a member of the after-school technology club, Tech-Click. In 2009, Groundspeak was able to provide three GPS devices to Karla’s club through DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects teachers with donors to fulfill classroom needs. These three GPS devices allowed Karla and others in her club to learn about latitude, longitude, spatial concepts and more. Karla sent us this letter to thank us for the donation: Now, you can help others like Karla learn about GPS technology simply by telling people about [...]
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