Not Your Mother's Scavenger Hunt

So we’re about halfway through summer break and you may be looking for some fresh what-to-do ideas. You may want to consider geocaching.  It’s essentially a worldwide treasure hunt that’s become more popular over the years as GPS has become accessible to everyone through smart phone technology.  It’s a great activity that combines technology with good old-fashioned outdoor activity. 

The first cache was hidden on May 3, 2000 by Dave Ulmer near his home in Beavercreek Oregon. A cache consists of a waterproof container filled with small trinkets such as unusual coins or currency, toys, books and the like along with a log book and pen/pencil. Some items in the cache may also include travel bugs or Geocoins also known as “hitchhikers”.  These items are meant to be moved from cache to cache, often to specific rules such as a certain distance away or specific region, as indicated by the owner of the cache.

To get started, you’ll need to set up a free account at  Once you've done that and are ready to get started, you may also want to look at cover of The Joy of Geocashingguidelines provided by the Cleveland Metroparks which is home to nearly 300 active caches. What better place to treasure hunt than our Emerald Necklace!

For further information, join us here at WPPL as we kick off Science Week with the Geocaching Treasure Hunt on Tuesday July 28, 2015 from 7-8:30.  We're hiding a geocache at the library! Use your phone's GPS and solve clues to find a "treasure." If you've never been geocaching before, sign up for this introductory program to find out how to do it!  Also check out our copy of The Joy of Geocaching by Paul & Dana Gillin 796.5 G481J.

For you homeschoolers out there, this would be an excellent activity to incorporate into most any lesson plan, as you can make the cache specific to your course of study.  It would also make a great birthday party activity for a group of techie youngsters.  Fill some caches with goody bags!  Follow this link from Trails Optional to learn more about setting up a geocaching activity for students. 

If you just want to explore, head east a bit to Lake View Cemetery.  This beautiful gem near University Circle is Ohio’s largest graveyard and is free to explore on your own.  Founded in 1869 at a time when cemeteries were considered parks, it is also part arboretum and wildlife refuge. Its establishment required so many Italian stonemason and gardeners, that the nearby area settled by the rush of immigrants is still known today as Little Italy.  It is the final resting place of our 20th president, James Garfield, oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, Civil War generals, Revolutionary War soldiers and many other dignitaries.  Be sure to visit the Wade chapel which features a rare and stunning Tiffany-designed interior.  If you need additional motivation, there is indeed a cache hidden on the grounds.  Guided tours are available for a nominal fee and Lolly the Trolley Tours are available on Sunday afternoons in the summer ($15 per person by reservation).  Additional events include concerts on the lawn. Be sure to check out their visitor guidelines and event calendar before planning your trip.

Happy scavenging!


For the little ones...


Catch That Cookie   JP Durand, Hallie

The Secret Birthday Message   JP Carle, Eric

The Fairy Treasure Hunt   JE, Meadows, Daisy

Goecache Surprise   JF Maddox, Jake

Peppa Pig and The Treasure Hunt   JP Astley, Neville


For your teens...







Dash & Lily's Book of Dares  YA Cohn, Rachel

Paper Towns  YA Green, John (movie release July 24, 2015)

The Rules  YA Holder, Nancy