Mrs. Collister, Mr. Ellis and the Physical Education student teacher Mr. Edinger just finished an exciting geocaching unit with their 7th grade PE students. The goal of the unit was to teach the students a lifelong physical activity that is also exciting, adventurous and fun! While learning about geocaching, students also learned about maps, GPS coordinates, hiking, respect for nature, and, of course, the mental and physical health benefits geocaching in the great outdoors.
During a recent geocaching adventure, students found three different geocaches! A geocache is a hidden container that holds a surprise for the person lucky enough to discover it. They also learned the term “muggle”, which is used to describe people who don’t know what geocaching is. They also learned the term “puggle” which is the word for a muggle’s dog! The adventure also highlighted for our students the beauty of our area including the Fred Eisenberg trail that leads to our very own Marcellus Park.
For those unfamiliar with Geocaching, it is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache hidden at that location. Geocaches come in all different shapes and sizes and usually contain a log book and some trinkets to trade. Possible trinkets are patches, toys, pins, and even trackables, a geocaching “game piece”! You will often find trackables in geocaches or see them at geocaching gatherings. Each trackable is etched with a unique code that can be used to log its movements on Geocaching.com as it travels in the real world. Some trackables have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles thanks to geocachers who move them from cache to cache. There are millions of geocaches all over the world and thousands just here in Central New York!
Try it out for yourself by visiting www.geocaching.com In the meantime, enjoy this video created by our DMS PE teachers.