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. You do not need 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!

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If you need a special use permit, get more details and apply.

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Registration period: May 1 - July 18
Date: Friday, July 19, 2024 10:00 am - Friday, July 19, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Join us at Tower Grove Park for another session of Camp Hellbender-no newts allowed! This summer camp is designed to let adults feel like a kid again and have some fun in the outdoors while exploring some of the best conservation areas and green spaces that the St. Louis region has to offer! At Tower Grove Park, we’ll learn tree ID and put our new skills to the test on a tree ID geocaching adventure! After lunch we’ll learn about native plants and insects and do a flower pounding craft. Please bring a water bottle and a lunch. Refrigeration will be available if needed. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Meet the Naturalists at the West End Picnic Site in the park (next to the New Comfort Station-4501 Southwest Dr.)

This program is part of our ongoing Camp Hellbender Series! We encourage you to participate in as many Camp days as you’d like. Registration is required for each individual camp. Campers will receive a special button to commemorate each activity they participate in throughout the summer, and all Campers will be invited back for our Closing Campfire at the end of the Summer! Please only register for one day per site.

Camp Hellbender Summer Camp Schedule:

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Saturday, July 20th- Tower Grove Park

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Registration period: May 1 - July 19
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, July 20, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Join us at Tower Grove Park for another session of Camp Hellbender-no newts allowed! This summer camp is designed to let adults feel like a kid again and have some fun in the outdoors while exploring some of the best conservation areas and green spaces that the St. Louis region has to offer! At Tower Grove Park, we’ll learn tree ID and put our new skills to the test on a tree ID geocaching adventure! After lunch we’ll learn about native plants and insects and do a flower pounding craft. Please bring a water bottle and a lunch. Refrigeration will be available if needed. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Meet the Naturalists at the West End Picnic Site in the park (next to the New Comfort Station-4501 Southwest Dr.)

This program is part of our ongoing Camp Hellbender Series! We encourage you to participate in as many Camp days as you’d like. Registration is required for each individual camp. Campers will receive a special button to commemorate each activity they participate in throughout the summer, and all Campers will be invited back for our Closing Campfire at the end of the Summer! Please only register for one day per site.

Camp Hellbender Summer Camp Schedule:

Sunday, June 2nd- August A Busch CA

Friday, June 14th- Rockwoods Reservation

Friday, June 21st- Powder Valley Nature Center

Saturday, June 22nd- Rockwoods Reservation

Friday, June 28th- August A Busch CA

Friday, July 12th- Columbia Bottom CA

Friday, July 19th- Tower Grove Park

Saturday, July 20th- Tower Grove Park

Saturday, July 27th- Columbia Bottom CA

Friday, August 2nd- Closing Campfire at Busch CA