JaxParks has teamed up again with the Friends of JaxParks Geocachers, Visit Jacksonville and REI to present another amazing Challenge that will take you to parks and landmarks all over Jacksonville. In this high-tech treasure hunt, participants will have the opportunity to earn a specially designed, uniquely shaped token by finding all 10 of the hidden caches.
Geocachers search for the treasures hidden within our extensive and unmatched park system. From marshes and wetlands, national parks and state parks, small city parks and urban preserves, there are 10 secret caches waiting to be discovered starting this September.
If you just read that and said, WHAT!? Then let’s get you up to speed. Geocaching is a digital scavenger hunt that takes modern-day Indiana Jones types all around Jacksonville following a special passport with clues that will lead them to discover a special hidden object or cache. Pretty cool! Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the country making this a challenging yet fun hunt. Each object is found through GPS on your phone which will lead participants to different parks and cultural and historic locations around Jacksonville. Once you find all 10 objects you get to collect a very special collectors prize.
If you read that and I thought, I AM SO IN!!! Then the hunt kicks off this September 4 and continues until all the caches/hidden objects are discovered and 150 of the collector’s prizes are claimed. We won’t give away the locations but let’s just say you need to be ready to discover a new side of Jacksonville, a greener and more adventurous side. And just a friendly reminder: once you find a cache, remember not to move the container.
The awesome part about this challenge is that you are in no rush, so you can take as little or as long as you would like to complete it. That means you can spend a weekend in Jacksonville chasing the hidden treasures or you can relax and find the treasures as you explore our beaches, museums, waterways and parks.
Once you’ve completed the geocache challenge, take a photo with your geocoin and upload the photo to Instagram using the hashtag #jaxgeocaching and #onlyinjax. We want to see you!
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To obtain this year's special token, take a completed passport to REI in Jacksonville. The first 150 participants to check in with a unique geocaching name will receive a token. REI is located at 4862 Big Island Drive in the St. Johns Town Center.
Get a head start by attending the kick-off event at Southside Park (1541 Hendricks Ave) on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 9am where coordinates will be provided early. The Challenge continues until 150 tokens have been claimed at REI of Jacksonville.
The official brochure, verification passport and additional details and rules for this year's Challenge can be found at our partner's website: https://jaxparkschallenge.wordpress.com/.