Check back for the 2017 Geocaching Wildflower Adventure coordinates. Starting April 1st!
2017 Warren County Parks & Trails Geocaching Wildflower 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 2017.
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 Wildflower Adventure?
There are 25 Geocaching Wildflower Adventure Caches hidden in county, state and city parks around Warren County. Your challenge is explore parks and find them all using a GPS. Each cache includes an instruction card, a logbook, and a stack of wildflower trading cards. Sign the logbook to show that you found the cache and take a wildflower trading card for your collection. Explore the park around you to see if you can find that wildflower growing or blooming nearby. Scan the forest floor and prairie!
After finding all 25 caches, take your 25 collectible 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, 2017 will receive a prize and will be added to our Geocaching Adventure Finishers Gallery. Then, check back for a new adventure theme next year!
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 Wildflower Adventure” ( You can also download coordinates straight to you GPS from here or use the Geocaching app on your smartphone to find them)
Have to Have a Habitat!
Warren County is rich in natural diversity, providing essential habitat for a variety of plants and animals, especially insects. 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 and trail visitors too. Be extra observant while you look for the geocaches, you’ll be amazed at the natural wonders you can find in our parks!
This is the 4th year of the Warren County Geocaching Adventure. We have done birds, insects, mammals, and now wildflowers. Each spring, the forest floor comes to life as woodland wildflowers pop up out of the ground, often before anything else leafs out. Some of them only bloom for a few days. As we head into summer, the prairie plants that have been growing since April begin to flower and bloom, leading us into a rainbow of flower colors throughout the summer. These wildflowers are an important part of the ecosystem, and are especially important to pollinators. The variety of colors can be fun to admire and fun to photograph as well. Use a local field guide to help you ID any of our Iowa wildflowers, or ID them with the pictures on your Wildflower Adventure Trading Cards.
Come Learn With Us!
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. Call (515) 961-6169 to set up a time.
Need Some Equipment?
We have a limited number of GPS units that can be borrowed at no cost to assist you in finding the adventure caches.
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.
To hide a geocaching in 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.