GEOCACHING is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices. For a nice introduction to geocaching, please see this guide.


We have established two geocaches on the UW campus sites as part of GIS day. These sites will remain a permanent part of the UW campus with ongoing maintenance from the UW Geospatial Club. There are small prizes included in each geocache for the first five to find them. We are releasing the clues a week early in celebration of GIS Day. They will be registered on the official Geocaching website on GIS Day. 


Geocache Clues and Coordinates

Geocache #1: A Slice of LIfe

Cache #1 takes its place in UW history, back to the very beginning. To find it you'll need to brave the shady thicket around you. Knock on wood so you won't get lost.

Geocache #2: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The end is near and looking for Cache #2 can cause quakes of fear. It hides between heaven and earth, but keep Rainier nearby and you'll find an item of worth.


Geocaching apps for smartphones:

  • Groundspeak (iphone, android, windows phone 7)
  • Trimble Geocache navigator (available on a range of phones)
  • NeonGeo (Android)
  • CacheBox (Android)
 Additional Apps for geocaching and links to download here

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UW LibrariesUW Geospatial ClubUW  Center for Studies in Demography and EcologyUW OceanographyUW Capital ProjectsUW Earth & Space ScinecesUW College of Built EnvironmentsUW College of the Environment