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Geocaching Adventure: Trees

  • Path - Terrace View Park - Oakbrook Terrace Park District

Try your hand at this modern-day treasure hunt. Our simple multi-cache course is a great introduction to geocaching.

This is an easy, eight-stage multi cache. Enjoy a pleasant stroll around Terrace View Park using a GPS unit to locate specific, marked trees and collect clues that will lead you to the hidden cache.

You will visit each of the posted coordinates labeled "A" to "G" below. At each of the waypoints, you will find a wooden post bearing a label identifying an adjacent tree. Find the tree in the list below and note the number that is associated with it. Fill that number into the correct letter space in the red box to build the coordinates for the location of the cache.

Geocaching is a free, self-directed activity. This course is suitable for all ages.

Coordinates

AN 41° 50.925'W 087° 57.561'
BN 41° 50.951'W 087° 57.596'
CN 41° 50.948'W 087° 57.629'
DN 41° 50.909'W 087° 57.658'
EN 41° 50.894'W 087° 57.670'
FN 41° 50.905'W 087° 57.565'
GN 41° 50.867'W 087° 57.609'

Tree codes

Cottonwood - 2Scotch pine - 5
Ohio buckeye - 1White pine - 4
Sugar maple - 9Red oak - 3
Red maple - 3Silver maple - 9
River birch - 0Swamp oak - 5
Black locust - 5 

Download a printable version of the cache coordinates

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity where individuals, groups, or families search for hidden containers known as geocaches by navigating to them using a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

Caches may be found in your neighborhood, in local parks, along city streets, or half-way around the world. Geocaches have been registered on every continent including Antarctica. There are even some geocaches underwater!

Geocaches are often hidden near areas of historical significance or natural beauty, often leading you to discover places you may not have found if not for the cache there. The cache itself may be any waterproof container, from an aspirin bottle to a large, metal box (ammo box).

All you need to enjoy this family-friendly activity is a GPS unit or GPS-enabled cell phone, internet access (to find cache locations and share your finds), and a sense of adventure.

What is GPS?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System and refers to an electronic navigation system that can pinpoint your location anywhere in the world, usually to within fifty feet or less. The system consists of twenty-four satellites that circle the earth twice a day and continuously broadcast location information. GPS receivers, either hand-held or car-mounted, use the signals from between four and twelve satellites to calculate a location.