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Geocaching

Geocaching has become a very popular activity for individuals and families to participate in. Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is to leave an item if they decide to take something from the cache. Visit geocaching.com for more details.

Geocache Placement Site Guidelines

Polk County Conservation permits geocaching in keeping with its mission to provide opportunities for safe recreational activities. Geocachers are welcome to place a cache in PCC lands as long as they comply with the requirements of the geocache permit

The following specific conditions and provisions shall apply to those placing a geocache in an area managed by Polk County Conservation.

  1. A Geocache Placement Permit Application must be filed with and approved by Polk County Conservation (PCC) before posting the cache on a geocaching web site.
  2. At a minimum, Cache Listing Requirements/Guidelines developed by Groundspeak and posted at geocaching.com must be followed when developing a cache.
  3. All local and state laws apply.
  4. The cache container must be clearly marked on the outside with geocaching.com and the name of the cache.
  5. Permit is good from date issued to March 31 of the next year. After that date, the cache must be re-permitted or removed. If the cache owner removes the cache before the March 31 expiration date, he/she will notify PCC.
  6. PCC, through its director or designee, reserves the right to terminate this approval for placement of a geocache on PCC land for any reason at any time. Caches not in compliance with the terms of this permit will be removed from the property and this permit voided for failure to comply.
  7. We request that you monitor this cache every two months and you maintain it to be family friendly. This means the cache should contain no food, alcohol, firearms, drugs, dangerous items or adult items.
  8. We also request that you direct people seeking your cache to follow established trails most of the way to your cache. We discourage off trail hiking as it negatively impacts the environment.
  9. Each geocache placed in Polk County parks will be given a permit number. Please include the permit number in your online description of the geocache. 

Jester Park Geocaching Challenge

Jester Park is one of Polk County Conservation’s most popular parks and we want to encourage you to explore some different areas of the park to find some geocaches.

Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS. We hid six different geocaches throughout Jester Park. Once all six have been found, individuals must turn in their passport to the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to claim their reward - a special geocoin.

As of July 31st, the geocoin supply is getting low. To check the status of geocoins, call the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center at 515-323-5330 or email heidi.anderson@polkcountyiowa.gov  

Win this Geocoin!

Front side of geocoin Back side of geocoin

How it works

Download and print the Geocaching Passport HERE!

The passport includes details about where to find the six special geocaches in the challenge. To find the geocaches, you’ll need to download Groundspeak's geocaching app or c:geo app on your smart phone or use a handheld GPS unit.

What's Inside Each Geocache?

Geocaches are small containers with a log book, crayon, and rubbing plate inside. You must use the crayon to create a rubbing in the passport of the secret word for the corresponding cache.  

Win

Once all six geocaches have been found, users may turn in their passport to the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center and each family will receive one geocoin, while supplies last. Additional geocoins may be purchased for $5/coin.

When can you participate?

This challenge begins on July 1, 2020! 

Geocaching FAQs

Unfamiliar with geocaching and have questions, visit geocaching.com to learn more!

Questions

Contact Heidi Anderson at 515-323-5360 or heidi.anderson@polkcountyiowa.gov