Geocaching

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Geocaching is an outdoor activity using a Global Positioning Sysem (GPS) device to hide and find containers (geocaches) left by others. Usually a cache is a waterproof container with a logbook inside. Once a person finds the cache, they enter the date it was found and place it back exactly where they found it. 

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Geocaching Regulations

Since April 30, 2009, MDC has permitted geocachers and letterboxers who acquire a Special Use Permit to place caches and letterboxes on many conservation areas. To get a Special Use Permit, search our online Conservation Atlas to find the area you wish to use, and call the phone number listed for that area. You do not need to have a Special Use Permit to search for caches on conservation areas, only to place them. Thanks for using and enjoying your Missouri Department of Conservation areas!

Contact the conservation area manager before leaving a geocache in an area.

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Registration period: September 14 - October 28
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 12:00 pm - Saturday, October 29, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Bring the whole family to August A Busch Conservation Area for this fun and festive geocaching program! Don your costumes and hone your outdoor skills while learning more about some spooky species in Missouri and searching for treasures around the building. We will begin with a brief instructional overview of geocaching before everyone receives their GPS units to do some “Trek or Treating”, collecting small goodies at each stop on your route. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Each individual attending must register separately.
Registration period: September 16 - November 10
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, November 10, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We will go over basic GPS use, learn about geocaching, and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.” GPS units provided. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a yellow adventure bead.

Registration period: September 16 - November 10
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, November 10, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We will go over basic GPS use, learn about geocaching, and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.” GPS units provided. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a yellow adventure bead.