Hawk Woods Geocaching Challenge

We at the Parks & Recreation love the great outdoors and want to keep the fun going all year long! This year, we have created a geocaching challenge at our Hawk Woods Nature Center!

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a game played in the great outdoors utilizing a handheld GPS or a smartphone with a geocaching app. The Hawk Woods Geocaching Challenge features six geocaches hidden at the Hawk Woods Nature Center. We hope the game will inspire children and families to explore the natural environments in our city!

How to Play

  1. Visit geocaching.com and sign up for an account (basic membership is free).
  2. Download the app or the geocache coordinates to your GPS device.
  3. Get the Hawk Woods Geocaching Challenge Decoder at the Auburn Hills Community Center or download and print it from the website.
  4. Find as many geocaches as you can! Search in the area your GPS leads you. Usually, GPS accuracy will be limited to a thirty-foot area. Keep this in mind as you search.
  5. When you find the cache, sign the logbook. You can also trade for items in the cache by taking something you find and leaving something you’ve brought with you. Return the container to its hiding spot for the next finder.
  6. Record the code words you find in the cache in the appropriate box on the game decoder.
  7. Log your finds on geocaching.com. We encourage you to share comments, stories, and pictures.
  8. Share your comments, stories, and pictures on the Hawk Woods Nature Center Facebook page, using the hashtag #geocachehawkwoods
  9. Continue your search until you’ve met the requirements for your reward.
  10. Bring your completed decoder to the Auburn Hills Community Center to claim your reward.

Rewards are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

To check out other fall programs at Hawk Woods, click here!

Sage Hegdal, Recreation Director

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