2018 Warren County Parks & Trails Geocaching Reptile Adventure

Grab your GPS, your binoculars and hiking boots, and get ready to explore! Find all 25 geocaches and collect the trading cards, April 1st- December 1st 2018. 

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What is Geocaching? 

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It is a world-wide hobby!

What is the Geocaching Reptile Adventure?

There are 25 Geocaching Reptile Adventure Caches hidden in county, state and city parks around Warren County. Your challenge is to explore parks and find them all using a GPS. Each cache includes an instruction card, a logbook, and a stack of reptile trading cards. Sign the logbook to show that you found the cache and take a reptile trading card for your collection. Explore the park around you and you might get lucky and find a reptile basking in the warm sun.

After finding all 25 caches, take your 25 reptile trading cards to the Annett Nature Center. We will give you the coordinates to find the last cache challenge. Take a picture of yourself with the very last card or all of your trading cards. Feel free to include family, friends, your dog or anyone else that helped you finish the challenge. All participants who successfully finish the challenge by December 1st, 2018 will receive a prize and will be added to our Geocaching Adventure Finishers Gallery. Then, take the winter months off and check back in the spring for the geocaching theme.

Wonderful Reptiles!

This is the 5th year of the Warren County Geocaching Adventure. We have done birds, insects, mammals, wildflowers, and  now reptiles. Each spring, as the weather warms up we start to see more reptiles in our parks. The have spent the winter months deep under water or under logs on land.  Once summer arrives, they will be happily basking in the summer sun to warm their bodies, as reptiles are cold blooded. Reptiles are fun to observe in their natural setting, please be courteous of their space and habitat and do not try to handle any reptiles found in the parks. Use a local field guide to help you identify any reptiles you see while exploring or use your Reptile Adventure Trading Cards.

To Have a Habitat! 

Warren County is rich in natural diversity, providing essential habitat for a variety of plants and animals. During the adventure, you can explore Iowa’s four major habitats, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and river. Warren County Conservation and our state and city partners preserve and manage significant fragments of these essential nature landscape, making them great sites for flowers, wildlife, and park visitors. Be extra observant while you look for the geocaches, you’ll be amazed at the natural wonders you can find in our parks!

 

Get Started Today!
• Download all the coordinates from below onto your GPS
• Use the GPS device to determine your location in relation to the cache. The GPS device will show you how far away and in what direction the cache is hidden.
• Find the cache, sign the logbook and take your trading card
• Create a free account on geocaching.com and log your finds. The 25 caches can be found by searching for “WC Reptile Adventure” ( You can also download coordinates straight to you GPS from here or use the Geocaching app on your smartphone to find them)

Don’t know where to start or need a GPS? 

We welcome you to stop in at the Annett Nature Center to learn more about geocaching. Staff can provide helpful tips and info about geocaching during our business hours. We have a limited number of GPS units that can be borrowed at no cost to assist you in finding the adventure caches. A valid drivers license will be required to borrow a GPS unit. It’s best to give us a call at 515-961-6169 first before stopping out.

Rules of the Game 

Keep geocaching fun, safe and ethical by following the common-sense rules:
• Stay on marked trails wherever possible
• Tread lightly on the land and minimize impacts on the environment. Caches were placed above the ground in relatively well-traveled areas. There should be no need to disturb natural features to find a cache.
• Never remove or relocate a cache. Once you find it, open it to claim your prize, but then put it back exactly where you found it.
• You may find small trinkets left by other participants inside the cache. If you find one, it’s yours to keep. You can choose to leave a trinket for the next Adventure geocacher.
• Observe all laws and rules of the park.
• If you have trouble locating a cache, call us at 515-961-6169 for hints and tips.

2018 Geocaching Wildflower Adventure Coordinates will be active April 1, 2018 

Annett Nature Center
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Bank Swallow Bend 1
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Bank Swallow Bend 2
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Blueflag Marsh
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Carlisle City Park
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Grant Park 1
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Grant Park 2
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Great Western Trail
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Hickory Hills 1
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Hickory Hills 2
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Hooper State Game Area
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Lake Ahquabi State Park
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Lundy Acres 1
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Lundy Acres 2
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Norwalk City Park
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Otter Creek 1
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Otter Creek 2
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Pickard Park
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Rolling Thunder Prairie
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Summerset State Park
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Summerset Trail
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Woodland Mounds 1
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Woodland Mounds 2
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Zo-El Annett Woods 1
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Zo-El Annett Woods 2
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To hide a cache at a Warren County Conservation property, please review our geocaching policy, then fill out a geocaching placement form and return to our office (Annett Nature Center, 15565 118th Ave, Indianola, IA 50125).  Click here for the document.