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Rent a GPS at the Swaner EcoCenter and look for hidden geocaches on the Preserve. Outdoor fun for all ages!
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS-enabled device. Participants navigate to a specific set of coordinates to find a geocache that has been hidden at that location. A typical cache can be a small waterproof container with a logbook or log sheet where the geocacher enters name and date, or a large container such as an ammunition box that contains small inexpensive toys or trinkets for trading along with the logbook and interesting information about the Preserve. See below for details about geocaches.
- Offered May - October
- A fun activity for all ages. Beginners welcome!
- Swaner's geocaches are ranked by degree of difficulty with "easy" rankings most appropriate for families with younger children.
- There are seven caches hidden on the Preserve: three caches south of I-80 around the Swaner wetlands (outside Swaner's private property fence line), and four caches north of I-80 in the sagebrush uplands section of the Preserve.
- All seven of Swaner's geocaches can be accessed at any time.
- Please stick to the trails or bike path during your search even though the GPS will show the most direct route, guiding you straight to the cache. As long as you are going in the general direction, know that you will get to the cache without having to walk through sensitive plant and wildlife habitat.
- Be aware of plants and wildlife in the area and respect their space.
- Obey signs that indicate sensitive nesting areas.
- Be aware of other trail users. All geocaches are positioned slightly off-trail so geocachers will not be in the way of through traffic (i.e. mountain bikers, hikers, and other trail users).
- Do not leave trash behind (Cache In, Trash Out).
All you need to geocache on the Swaner Preserve is:
- A GPS enabled device (a smartphone or handheld GPS unit works great)
- A pen or pencil
- Comfortable shoes for walking and weather-appropriate clothing
- Trinkets for trading with items in the geocaches
Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the creation of this program!
The Marriott Daughters Foundation &
Name: Hunter Klingensmith
Position: EcoHost and Program Leader