Geocaching---the GPS treasure-hunt game---is a great way to introduce children to trails, navigation and hiking. Adults might seek adventurous terrain and challenging geocache hides, but keep it easy if you're out with the little ones. Involve children in all aspects of the geocache, from selecting the hidden cache online, to setting the coordinates in the GPS receiver, to following the trail and signing the log, trading items and posting the find online after the geocache is found. These tips make geocaching a fun and educational game of hide and seek.
Tips & Warnings
Bring a camera to shoot pictures of wildlife and nature. Post them on the geocaching website when you log your find.
Teach children to identify and avoid plants that can cause allergic reactions, like poison ivy and poison oak.
Apply bug spray containing DEET and check carefully afterward for ticks, which can carry Lyme disease and other illnesses.
Teach children not to put their hands in a hole where an animal or stinging insect might be. Use a stick if you need to poke around.
Be aware of hunting season where you're hiking. Avoid hunting areas or wear blaze-orange.
Article Written By Susan Spencer
Since 2000, Susan Spencer has contributed to the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette," "Cape Cod Life," "Worcester Living," "Sister 2 Sister," CapeCodToday.com and other publications. She specializes in health, education, culture and lifestyle, the outdoors/environment, and regional travel. She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.S. from Harvard School of Public Health.