Do you want to test your skills in a whole new way at the Ohio Historical
Society sites? Why not try geocaching? Geocaching is a combination of
a treasure hunt and a hike that requires the use of a global positioning
system (GPS) receiver. While some people define it as a sport and others
a hobby, it is an activity that can be enjoyed individually or with groups
of friends or family.
Let's show you what the Ohio Historical Society has to offer those who
want to connect with Ohio's past while participating in this sensational
new form of adventure.
The objective of geocaching is to locate hidden"caches" using
GPS technology and a little sleuthing. A cache is a waterproof box that
contain a log book for all successful searchers to sign and few small
trinkets like foreign currency, small rubber animals, stickers and toy
action figures that geocachers exchange with each other.
The geocaching craze has been gaining in popularity in the United States
and around the world since 2000 when the US Government opened up GPS satellite
technology to civilians. The GPS uses longitude and latitude coordinates
to pinpoint the exact position of handheld GPS receivers. Geocachers begin
their search for caches at the the official www.geocaching.com web site where they can find the coordinates of caches in specific
areas by zip code or large cities. The Geocache web site requires Free registration in order to obtain specific coordinates.
The Ohio Historical Society has decided to place caches at several of
its historic sites. Check the map below for a cache near you! Click on
the site name to learn more about that site and its cache or click on
the cache name to leave the OHS website and go directly to the official
OHS Geocache Sites
How Do I Geocache?
Finding an OHS Cache
Placing Your Own Geocache