Geocaching is a hobby popular with people of all ages!

2016 Nature Quest geocache challenge!

One of the defining features of Emmet County is the abundance of nature! And there is no better way to enjoy the out of doors than to round up the family and go geocaching in the many parks and preserves that dot the landscape.

A nature-themed geocaching trail will assist families in discovering Emmet County, beginning June 18, 2016.  A newly designed souvenir path tag will awarded to the first 150 geocachers who find 20 of the 25 Emmet County Nature Quest (ECNQ) geocaches and correctly answer specific questions on the passport form.

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The 2016 souvenir pathtag.

This outdoor scavenger hunt is played with a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) device or from a smart phone app. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The Nature Quest caches will range in size from a container the size of your little finger to as large as an ammo can. Some caches will only contain a log sheet to sign and others will be filled with special trinkets, called swag, for trading. Geocachers trade with trinkets of greater value or equal value in return. Once the cache has been found, the log signed, and the container replaced in the exact same location as it was found, the experience can be shared on line at www.geocaching.com.

Geocaching is enjoyed by over 15 million people worldwide who have discovered over 2,772,858 active geocaches on every continent.   Emmet County has over 600 geocaches.  Catch the geocaching bug and explore the many natural areas this county has to offer.  By the way, don’t forget a picnic lunch!

Getting started with geocaching is very easy.  It requires the following 10 steps:

  1. Download a passport from the Emmet County web site www.emmetcounty.org/parks-recreation/geocache/
  2. Register for a free Basic Membership at www.geocaching.com (This site also contains          tutorials to educate the visitor about geocaching)
  3. Visit the “Hide and Seek a Cache” page.
  4. Under “Find a Geocache,” locate “Cache Starts with:” near the bottom of the page
  5. Enter ECNQ and click “go” (A cache that starts with ECNQ [Emmet County Nature Quest] is part of the new 2016 historic geo-trail)
  6. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name
  7. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device
  8. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache
  9. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location
  10. Share your geocaching stories and photos online

How to receive the souvenir pathtag

Once 20 or more of the caches in this transportation history tour have been found, geocachers can take their completed passports to the Emmet County Building, 200 Division St., Suite 178, Petoskey, MI  49770, or mail the passports to Beth Anne Eckerle at the address above to have a pathtag mailed to you. Only one pathtag will be given per geocaching team name.

The Emmet County Transportation Quest geocaches were placed by members of the Straits Area Geocachers of Northern Michigan (SAG).  For information about SAG meetings or contact information, visit the web site:  http://www.geo-cachers.com/

This is the fourth in an annual series of Geoquest adventures sponsored by Emmet County and SAG. Questions? Call (231) 348-1704 or email beckerle@emmetcounty.org

DOWNLOAD THE 2016 NATURE QUEST PASSPORT HERE


Past caches and passports

More information: beckerle@emmetcounty.org or (231) 348-1704

2015: Travel Emmet County and see first-hand where Transportation headlines were made!

transportation(2015) The Emmet County Transportation Quest Geo-trail takes participants on a scavenger hunt throughout the county, looking for geocaches (containers) near important, scenic and refreshing water sites in all regions of the county!

A souvenir pathtag will be awarded to the first 200 geocachers, beginning June 5, 2015, who locate 25 of the 30 newly placed caches. To be eligible for the pathtag, geocachers must travel from cache to cache, discovering the water wonders in Emmet County and answering specific questions on the passport form (downloadable as a PDF below or by clicking here).

Once a participant has completed 25 of the caches in this tour, they can take their passport to the Emmet County Building, 200 Division St., Suite 178; or mail the passport to Beth Anne Eckerle, Emmet County Building, 200 Division St., Suite 178, Petoskey, Mich., 49770 to receive a collectible souvenir pathtag for this series. Only one pathtag will be given per geocaching team name.

Just what is geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt played with a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) device or from a smart phone app. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  Geocache containers come in all shapes and sizes and contain a logbook to sign and sometimes they contain special trinkets for trading.  Once the container is found, participants sign the logbook and may take a trinket from the cache, and leave something of greater or equal value in return for the next person and then share their experiences online at www.geocaching.com

Geocaching began in 2000 and has since gained widespread popularity with an estimated 5 million geocachers worldwide. There are currently geocaches on all seven continents and even on the International Space Station. Emmet County alone has over 500 geocaches.

Getting started with geocaching is very easy.  It requires the following nine steps:

  1. Download the new Transportation Quest passport from the Emmet County web site (you are here, and it’s below!)
  2. Register for a free Basic Membership at www.geocaching.com  (This site also contains tutorials to educate the viewer about geocaching).
  3. On the geocaching page, click on “Play” and then click, “Find a Cache.”
  4. Enter your postal code and click “search.”  (A cache that starts with ECTQ [Emmet County Transportation Quest] is part of the historic geo-trail.)
  5. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  6. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS device.
  7. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  8. Upon finding the cache, sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  9. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

The Emmet County Transportation Quest geocaches were placed by members of the Straits Area Geocachers of Northern Michigan (SAG).  For information about their meetings or contact information, visit the web site, www.geo-cachers.com

(NOTE: Passport PDF is two pages and can be printed individually or as a two-sided document; available below!)

 

Transportation Quest Passport 2015

 

2014: Water Quest!

waterquest(2014) An adventure takes visitors and residents around Northwest Michigan’s water resources! (2014)

The Emmet County Water Quest Geo-trail takes participants on a scavenger hunt throughout the county, looking for geocaches (containers) near important, scenic and refreshing water sites in all regions of the county!

A souvenir pathtag will be awarded to the first 200 geocachers, beginning June 14, 2014, who locate 25 of the 32 newly placed caches. To be eligible for the pathtag, geocachers must travel from cache to cache, discovering the water wonders in Emmet County and answering specific questions on the passport form (downloadable as a PDF below or by clicking here).

Once a participant has completed 25 of the caches in this tour, they can take their passport to the Emmet County Building, 200 Division St., Suite 178; or mail the passport to Beth Anne Eckerle, Emmet County Building, 200 Division St., Suite 178, Petoskey, Mich., 49770 to receive a collectible souvenir pathtag for this series. Only one pathtag will be given per geocaching team name.

Just what is geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt played with a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) device or from a smart phone app. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  Geocache containers come in all shapes and sizes and contain a logbook to sign and sometimes they contain special trinkets for trading.  Once the container is found, participants sign the logbook and may take a trinket from the cache, and leave something of greater or equal value in return for the next person and then share their experiences online at www.geocaching.com

Geocaching began in 2000 and has since gained widespread popularity with an estimated 5 million geocachers worldwide. There are currently geocaches on all seven continents and even on the International Space Station. Emmet County alone has over 500 geocaches.

The Emmet County Water Quest geocaches were placed by members of the Straits Area Geocachers of Northern Michigan (SAG).  For information about their meetings or contact information, visit the web site, www.geo-cachers.com

(NOTE: Passport PDF is two pages and can be printed individually or as a two-sided document)

 

2014 Water Quest passport

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