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 caches placed throughout the Garden and Resort grounds.
GPS units may be checked out at the Visitor Center or Resort front desk (limited number available). You can also use your smartphone!
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.
Geocoin Passport Challenge
The Oregon Garden and the town of Silverton have partnered to create a special geocoin event celebrating The Oregon Garden’s 15th anniversary in 2016 and the town of Silverton. (Please note a limited number of these geocoins will be trackable – while supplies last. After these are gone, there will be additional non-trackable coins available.)
In July 2016, nine new caches were created in and around the Garden – each one celebrating a different area of the Garden. Another ten chases were hidden around Silverton – each one celebrating one of the many beautiful murals throughout the community.
Geocoins are still available: To earn a coin you must find a minimum of fifteen of these caches. An Oregon Garden Geocaching Passport will be available at the Visitor Center when you enter the Garden or at the front desk of the Oregon Garden Resort. You may also download the passport and print it out before you arrive. Use this passport to record codes for each cache found. Once complete, fill out the survey included on the passport and return it to the Visitor Center or Oregon Garden Resort to claim a coin.
The caches inside the Garden may only be found during Garden hours and require an admission fee.