Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positions System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navagational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. As of 2023, there are over 3 million active caches worldwide.

For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book, often also a pen/pencil and trade items or trackables, then record the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site, such as The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online, but then must return the cache to the same coordinates so that other geocachers may find it. Geocachers may be able to take objects, depending on the geocache, (except logbook, pencil or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar of higher value. 

Information provided by Wikipedia.

There are some geocaches right here in Ward, Austin and the surrounding areas. Check out Geocaching 101 to learn the basics of geocaching. You can also go to for more information on how to get started.

Some of the etiquette and rules of geocaching are: -Never bury or place geocaches in a location that might cause unneccessary concern or damage. - Only put family friendly items in geocache and avoid food. - Respect local laws & obey posted signs. Do not trespass or park in prohibited areas. - Practice cache-in-trash-out CITO & remove litter along your route. Follow Leave No Trace guidelines in the natural environment. - Be courteous & respectful to landowners, other hikers & fellow geochachers.

Feel free to tag us on Facebook, Ward Parks & Recreation, with your find, but remember, no exact locations, just hints and maybe a little bragging. Get your friends and family involved!