What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. You can learn more about geocaching at www.geocaching.com, or come to our Visitor Center where we’d be happy to help you learn the basics.
Caches in the Garden
There are public and private caches placed throughout the Garden and Resort grounds:
- Public Caches: The public caches listed on geocaching.com are permanent and we invite you to find them during Garden hours. Admission is required (Garden members and Oregon Garden Resort guests receive free admission from sunrise to sunset). There is no cost beyond admisssion to find these caches. A passport may be requested at the admissions desk in the Visitor Center or at the Resort front desk.
- Private Caches: A number of additional caches are placed on the grounds that will not be listed on geocaching.com. These caches are family friendly and are a great activity to add to your visit. Coordinates for the Private Caches may be purchased at the Visitor Center or Resort front desk for $10. These private tracks serve as a fundraiser for our GPS mapping project, which will help us map our plants and create an interactive, searchable plant database on our website.
GPS units may be checked out at the Visitor Center or Resort front desk (limited number available).
After finding the caches, turn in your passport and completed survey to be entered into a drawing to win an Oregon Garden membership or room stay at the Oregon Garden Resort.
“Cache In, Trash Out”
While out geocaching, we would appreciate you practicing Cache In, Trash Out, where you bring a bag with you to pick up trash along the way. Visit the Cache In, Trash Out page to learn more about the program.