Dinosaur Train Geocaching
The Jim Henson Company has enlisted the help of PBS stations, museums, zoos, and aquariums nationwide to hide Dinosaur Train themed geocaches. Geocaching is a family friendly outdoor adventure that blends technology, gaming and environmental discovery. Each geocache features one of the dinosaurs found on the online Dinosaur Train Field Guide and contains educational information related to that dinosaur.
How to Find a Dinosaur Train Geocache
With the help of a GPS enabled device, each geocache will lead you to a safe, easy-to-access location. Click here for an up-to-date list of Dinosaur Train geocache locations. Can’t find a Dinosaur Train geocache in your viewing area? Stay tuned as we update the Dinosaur Train Geocaching webpage with instructions on how to make and hide your own Dinosaur Train geocache. Already a geocaching expert? Then try creating and hiding your family’s own Dinosaur Train-themed cache using our easy instructions. Check them out here!
Why Dinosaur Train and Geocaching?
Geocaching encourages children to explore their surroundings, use observational skills and have an adventure right in their own neighborhood. Critical and creative thinking skills are necessary when seeking a geocache, and these cornerstones of problem solving and scientific thought are modeled and transferred to children when geocaching with an older caregiver. For more information on this educational outreach initiative please visit the Dinosaur Train Geocaching.com Page.
What Is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a modern day, worldwide treasure hunt that began in 2000. Participants can both hide and seek containers called geocaches. To hide a geocache, participants pick a location and post the longitude and latitude coordinates online. To seek a geocache, participants visit a site like Geocaching.com to search for caches hidden in their area. Using the coordinates posted, seekers can begin their treasure hunt!
Geocache finders are not supposed to take the geocache once they’ve found it. There is a log book inside where finders can sign their name and announce their success. The geocache should be returned to its hiding spot when finders are finished. Geocachers can remove an item from the geocache but are requested to put in a replacement item of equal or greater value.
For more helpful hints, visit Geocaching.com’s Frequently Asked Questions and Finding Your First Geocache pages.