On the Radio: Experience Iowa’s natural beauty through geocaching


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses a popular outdoor recreational activity known as geocaching.

Thanks to geocaching, you don’t have to be a pirate to search for treasure in Iowa.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity where participants use GPS tracking to find various buried objects, referred to as “caches”. Geocachers can find the coordinates of nearby caches online from many different websites.

This is a great way to explore Iowa’s nature. There are caches all over our state along beautiful nature trails. Iowa even has an official geocaching organization with thousands of members.

The caches range in size. Some are small containers that only contain a logbook for geocachers to sign. Other caches contain objects such as a button or a playing card that geocachers can take in exchange for another prize.

For more information, including links to online geocaching resources, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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