Need an outdoor activity to enjoy this wonderful spring weather? Look no further than DEP’s own stormwater geotrail! This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of when geocaching began, so what better time to celebrate? Learn what residents are saying about this fun and educational program.
Winter is over and spring has hit! I’m sure the latest touch of warm weather has you anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. I know I am! What better way to enjoy the nice weather than to get the family outside for a little brain teasing scavenger hunt like geocaching?
Have you heard about Montgomery County’s Caching the Rain Geotrail? Perhaps not, but it’s a fun and interactive way to learn about local water resources and how you and your family can protect them.
Geocaching is an outdoor scavenger hunt in which participants use a GPS enabled device, such as a smartphone, to locate hidden containers or landmarks called “geocaches.” The Caching the Rain Geotrail is a series of 6 geocaches with interactive puzzles and riddles hidden near various stormwater maintenance facilities in the County.
Once an adventurer, or geocacher, has found all 6 geocaches along the trail, logged them, and solved the riddles they are eligible for a souvenir “Caching the Rain” geocoin (while supplies last). This past week, DEP gave out their 100th souvenir coin to one lucky geotrail finisher!
Not sure if the geotrail is for you? See what others from the County are saying:
“The trail was a lot of fun. I’m glad you guys put it all together. We do lots of trails and this one is one of the better ones. You did a great job.” – Geocache user Finnary
“…This one was very interesting as there was a lot of fascinating things to see that we were educated about along the way to keep an eye out for. We were picking out three or four things we’d otherwise take for granted in our visit to this cache with respect to stormwater management. I feel like this was a final exam and we aced the course.” – Geocache user Bernsa
“Excellent geotrail! I was walking down the creek path yesterday and noticed a bag of pet waste and today after reading about the hateful consequences of pet waste running off into the water, I went back and picked it up! Please do these [geocaches] all over!” – Geocache user SlightlyMango
Want to get started? Visit our website to learn more about the program and download the Caching the Rain Geotrail Passport today!
Guest blog by DEP Watershed Outreach Planner Ryan Zerbe
Check out these additional photos from residents who completed the Caching the Rain Geotrail!