The Geocaching Club at IU tries to have at least one geocaching event per month in conjunction with the Bloomington Geocachers.
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Geocaching events happen all the world. The ones listed on this website are the ones that the Geocaching Club at IU either hosts or attends. To see a more complete list of geocaching events in Indiana check this out. There are probably events near your hometown that you can attend during the summer.
Wednesday, April 17th 2013 | 4:45 - 8:00pm @ Lake Monroe
We're back in action! We are going hiking near Lake Monroe to find some caches on Wednesday April 17th. It will be a loop trail including 8 caches that we will look for. This event will be around 3 hours total including travel time. The plan is to meet right outside the front entrance of Willkie Center Building at 4:45pm, we will leave at 5pm, and be back by 8pm. Plan on bringing standard clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty, and sturdy shoes to hike in (flip-flops or sandals are NOT recommended). Bring a water bottle and any snacks you want for the trip. If people are interested and have time, we may go out to eat afterwards so plan on having some money if this option sounds good to you. Please RSVP to the event here.
Past EventsGIS Day Challenge 2012
November 5th - November 16th 2012 | IU Campus
Every year we like to host a geocaching challenge across the Indiana University Bloomington campus for GIS Day. This event is open to the general public of all ages. We will have a few caches and a final cache for those that find all the others. For more information, here is a link to IU's GIS Day event.
Sunday, September 30th 2012 | 9:30am-4pm @ Lake Monroe
We're going on a pirate journey! This canoe trip will be at Lake Monroe and the islands northeast from there. All specific details (what to bring / wear, etc.) are in the link provided. PLEASE RSVP by the 27th at 5pm. We do ask for you to pay in advance so we can rent the canoes. Prices are $6 per person, and you can pay online HERE. This is always a blast and we really hope everyone can make it out. You can look at what it was like from our video two years ago.
Friday, September 7th 2012 | 7pm-10pm @ Lieber State Recreation Area - Hilltop Shelter
There will be a cool night caching adventure! The carpool will meet at 5:45pm at the circle drive in front of the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). Be sure to fill out this form to sign up! Make sure to bring food, shoes, a flashlight, and bug spray.
Welcome To Geocaching!
Saturday, September 1st 2012 | 2pm-4pm @ Wells Library
The IU Geocaching Club is hosting its annual "Welcome to Geocaching" Event. Officers of the club will lead groups of new geocachers to various caches on and around campus to show them what caching is all about. Meet at the Herman B. Wells statue in the library's main lobby. If it rains the event will be postponed to a later date.
Saturday, May 26th 2012 | 9am-5pm @ Sellersburg, IN
Geocachers from all over the U.S. and other countries come together once a year. This year will be the 10th GeoWoodstock located near where the first one took place (Louisville, KY). A few officers of the club went to GeoWoodstock IX in Warren, PA last year over the July 4th weekend and had a great time. This year we hope to see a lot more members from the club because it is less than 2 hours to drive to Sellersburg from IU.
Night Geocaching Hike Downtown
Friday, April 13th 2012 | 6pm @ B-Line Trail
We're going to walk the B-Line Trail in downtown Bloomington where we'll spend 1-3 hours finding geocaches in the dark. It's an urban trail, so we won't have to deal with mud, bushes, etc. It's entirely paved.
Bring a flashlight or team up with someone else that has one! We'll have a few extra GPS units and flashlights. You can bring friends! It should be a very fun event for those people new to geocaching and others that aren't.
The carpool will meet at 5:50pm at the circle drive in front of the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU).
Send an e-mail to iugeocaching[at]gmail[dot]edu if you would like a ride, so we'll know how many cars we'll need!
If you'd like to meet us there, you can park near the giant statue of a dining table near City Hall at 401 N. Morton St.
Intro to Geocaching & the Bucket o' Fun
Sunday, April 1st 2012 | 1pm @ Wells Library Lobby
We want to show YOU how to geocache. We'll be doing a short 1 hour intro to geocaching session by showing you how to use a GPS and taking you to find 3 geocaches on campus. Following the introduction, if you're interested in continuing (feel free to leave at this point or come just for this), we will be taking a group to find Bucket 'O Fun, an epic adventure geocache on campus. It will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete with our team, as it is a difficult 5 stage geocache, meaning we have to find one stage that will give us information to go to the next stage. This is one of the most fun and epic geocaches within 30 miles of Bloomington, so it's definitely worth coming. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes that can get a little dirty! This will be one of the most memorable events of your schoolyear! More information about the cache and our facebook event page.
Micro Marathon - Leap Year Flash Mob
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 6pm @ Sample Gates
This event will be an extrememly short race from the Sample Gates to Dunn Meadow. After the race we will all meet in the bowling alley at the Union. Five dollars will get you unlimited bowling for two hours including shoe rental. The main point of this event is that Groundspeak would like to break a record on this day and everyone who logs a cache (like a quick flash mob for example) will help contribute.
As the title suggests this is a flash mob so timing and planning are very important. Please check the cache page for the schedule breakdown and register ahead of time so we can have an official running number for you if you plan to attend. This is going to be a quick fun event and we hope to see you there. If the weather is bad we may just meet at the bowling alley and skip the race. Check the cache page to learn if we need to cancel the race.
Captain V's pub quiz
Saturday, January 14th 2012 | 6pm @ Irish Lion (212 West Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington)
The event will be a pub quiz with 5 rounds of questions and 10 questions per round. The categories are: Science, Geography, History, Geocaching, and Literature & Arts. You can play alone or in a team of up to 3 people. The winner or winning team will receive a prize with lots of geocaching goodies. You do not need to be 21 to enter the upstairs room where the event will be held. Please RSVP on the cache page well before the event to help with planning.
First Annual Reservoir Ramble Geocache Challenge
Saturday, February 4th 2012 | 10am-4pm @ Lake Monroe
It's "year one" of this geocaching event, so we're going to begin with a Challenge that will take you on a tour of every public recreation area on Lake Monroe (plus a couple of less well-known spots). All cachers who complete the entire Challenge by 4 p.m. will be entered into a drawing to win a 2012 Annual Entrance Pass for Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs.
Santa Cache Needs Cookies! A Holiday Cookie Mob
Sunday, December 11th 2011 | 2pm-2:15pm @ downtown Bloomington on the square
Who doesn't LOVE COOKIES!? This event is a holiday cookie exchange event. Please bring a dozen cookies or more to be swapped. The more you bring, the more you can swap for! You'll start out with just your own, but should go home with a plethora of different types of cookies. This is a good way to take a quick break from studying and returning with enough sugar to last you through finals week.
GIS Day Challenge
October 31 - November 20 | IU campus
The Geocaching Club at IU hosted a Geocaching Challenge across the Indiana University Bloomington campus for GIS Day. This event was open to the general public of all ages. There was a monetary prize donated by our friends at 39 Degrees North.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the event. Please check your email to see if you won the prize.
Wednesday, November 16th | 10am-3:30pm @ Wells Library Main Lobby
Learn more about geocaching and meet some Geocaching Club at IU members as well as members of the community wide Bloomington Geocachers group at our display at the GIS festivities in Wells Library on Wednesday November 16th. If you need some hints on the GIS Day Geocaching Challenge, this would be a good opportunity to gain some insights from experienced geocachers. Stop by at any point during the day! Learn more about GIS Day.
Nearly Naked NightCache
October 24 | 9:30pm @ IMU Circle Drive
After participating in IU's Nearly Naked Mile the club will be hosting our own Nearly Naked Nightcache, where members will adventure around campus in the dark to find the 5 stage multicache: Drawn to the Light.
Monroe Lake Fall Excursion
Saturday, October 15th 2011 | 1:30pm-4:30pm @ Monroe Lake
We will be hiking and canoeing to caches in the Paynetown Recreational Area. We will provide canoes for a small fee. After the caching there will be dinner and a live band.
Welcome to Geocaching 2011
Sunday, September 11th 2011 | 12pm-3pm @ Sample Gates
The IU Geocaching Club is once again hosting it's annual "Welcome to Geocaching" Event. Experienced Geocachers will lead groups of new Geocachers to various Geocaches on and around campus to show them what Geocaching is all about. Meet at the sample gates.
Saturday, September 10th 2011 | 9am-6pm @ Spring Mill State Park
Saturday's Fall Picnic will be an entire day and evening of fun, socializing and events. All details are on the cache page, there is also an event the day before (listed above) to help kick off the weekend.
Fall Picnic Meet & Greet
Friday, September 9th 2011 | 7pm-10pm @ Spring Mill State Park
There will be a pitch-in nacho bar and then a night cache adventure.
Student Involvement Fair
Wednesday, September 7th 2011 | 11am-3pm @ IMU Parking Lot
Come meet Geocaching Club leaders, learn about the club and sign up to hear about upcoming events.
Freshmen Game Night
Thursday, August 25th 2011 | 8pm-11pm @ Wells Library lobby
We will have a booth setup during Game Night to advertise geocaching to new students on campus. We will also take students outside with flashlights to find a few geocaches and a special event only nightcache every half hour.
We'll be hosting weekly "Caching After Class" events that will be short 1 hour sessions where you can learn how to geocache while giving it a try. No boring lectures, just grab a GPS and go learn by doing! We'll find some geocaches on campus for about an hour and you're free to leave or continue at any point in time. Everyone is welcome. There is no commitment to join the club or come to any other events, we just want anyone who is interested in trying this hobby, to join us for a fun hour of finding some geocaches. You do not need to own a GPS unit because we have enough to share!Meet in the lobby of the Wells Library (the big library) on any of these days. We'll visit different caches each week!
- Tuesday April 5th 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Wednesday April 13th 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Wednesday April 20th 5:00pm - 6:00pm
- Tuesday April 26th 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday, April 29th at 8:30pm
Come and celebrate the end of the year and blow off some steam before finals! We're going to take a group to the B-Line Trail in downtown Bloomington where we'll spend a few hours finding geocaches in the dark. Bring a flashlight or team up with someone else that has one! If you need a ride or can provide a ride, please let us know here. Check out more details on Facebook.
ICSA Game Day BBQ, Intro to Geocaching
Friday, April 22nd from 1-3pm
During ICSAs(Informatics and Computing Student Assocation) Game Day BBQ at the Informatics building the Geocaching club led some small geocaching adventures. It was an opportunity to introduce ICSA members and new people to geocaching. Everyone socialized, played games and enjoyed snacks with each other. The food was delicious. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating so we found a cache close by that is very well hidden.
TrailMix 21 - Yellowwood Scarce O Fat Trail
Saturday, April 9th at 10am
More than 30 geocachers from around the state gathered for this event. More than 30 caches were found along this 4 mile trail. The trail is rated about a 3 star terrain and is a loop, so it started and finished near the parking lot. Towards the end, the trail brought us to High King Hill, where we could see the entire lake and miles and miles of the forest. It was a great view. Even the rain didn't stop us from going on this TrailMix. We met on campus at 9:30am to carpool over to Yellowwood State Forest, which is 7 miles east of Bloomington.
Friday, April 1st at 6pm @ Scenic View Restaurant on 446
KiraLira and ErWenn hosted an event cache at Scenic View to celebrate Mickey4jes's 100th day of her 100 Days of Geocaching Streak (See http://coord.info/GC1601V for more information on this challenge). It was also Mickey4Jes's 2000th geocache find!
5th Annual Geocache Challenge at Spring Mill State Park
Saturday, February 5th between 11 & 4pm
This annual event was kicked off by the Springing for Breakfast in Bloomington Vol. 2 where we ate at the local restaraunt, Runcible Spoon. After charging up we split into two teams of 4 and headed for the park. We arrived right on time despite bad weather. The theme this year was big trees. The challenge was finding eight caches, reading an information sheet about a tree type and writing down any numbers concealed within the information text. After getting all the numbers teams had to add all the numbers and then use these numbers to decode the answer to a question. After approximately three hours most teams had completed the challenge. The two IU teams took first and second place in the event. Winning is always good, but we had a lot of fun regardless of where we placed. Afterwards some of the members decided two events was hardly enough and went on to find 17 more caches! Now that is a full day of geocaching. Looking forward to next year.
Pate Hollow Winter Hike
Sunday, 16 January 2011 | 12pm
We'll be hiking the Pate Hollow Trail that is north of Lake Monroe off of 446. There's already 19 caches on the trail and MonsterCatAmbush said that he might go hide some more before the event. EVERYONE is welcome! There will be so many people there with GPS units, you probably won't even need one. Families and friends are welcome! The trail is 7.7 miles long but there are multiple loops in the trail you can take, so the hike can be shorter depending on how far we want to go. I'm sure that people will be leaving at different times depending on interest. Please e-mail if you have any questions!
Please RSVP for the carpool so we can arrange rides! We will leave from the IMU circle drive (by the hotel lobby) at 11:30am.
Santa Cache Needs Cookies! Holiday Flashmob Event
Sunday, 12 December 2010 | 2pm @ IMU dining area next to the bowling alley
A 15 minute flashmob event featuring a cookie exchange and geocaching chat!
IU GIS Day Geocaching Challenge
November 1-21st @ IU Campus
Participants who found 6 geocaches on IU campus during the first 3 weeks of November had a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.
IU GIS Day Geocaching Exhibit and Event
November 17, 2010 | 10am-4pm @ Well's Library Lobby
GIS Day Interactive Workshop
From 12-1pm, the Geocaching Club at IU lead an interactive introduction to geocaching workshop. Participants met in the southeast corner of the Wells Library lobby promptly at 12pm and went outside in groups to learn about geocaching while finding a few geocaches that were nearby.
GIS Day Geocaching Booth
This was a chance to learn more about geocaching and meet some Geocaching Club at IU members as well as members of the communitywide Bloomington Geocachers group at our display at the GIS festivities in Wells Library. Hints on the GIS Day Geocaching Challenge were provided and it was a good opportunity to gain some insights from experienced geocachers. Anyone who stopped by during the day could claim the IU GIS Day Geocaching Exhibit and Event Cache.
This was a great time meet some geocachers from our two local groups (Bloomington Geocachers and the Geocaching Club at IU), hear about upcoming geocaching events and find some geocaches that were specifically placed for the event! While there, people had the opportunity to see a few displays about other GPS and GIS technologies that are being used by members of the Bloomington community and some of the departments at IU. It gave people the opportunity to learn about other ways they could use their GPS unit besides geocaching. Check out the GIS Day at IU website to learn more about the many exciting activities and displays that went on for GIS Day.
Nearly Naked Mile & the Nearly Naked Nightcache
October 11, 2010 | 10pm-12am
The Geocaching Club had a team participate in IU's Nearly Naked Mile. Afterwards, we hosted our own Nearly Naked Nightcache, where 10 members adventured around campus in the dark to find the 5 stage multicache: Drawn to the Light.
10 Years of Geocaching- Worldwide Geocaching Record Attempt
October 10,2010 | 10-11:30am
Our club members were among 78,000 geocachers worldwide finding a geocache on 10/10/10 as part of an attempt to break the record for number of geocachers caching (and logging) geocaches in a single day. Our club was featured in Geocaching.com's video tribute to the event: A Record Breaking 10-10-10 for Geocachers
The Pirates of Pine Grove Geocaching and Canoe Trip
September 18, 2010 | 12-5pm
20 members of the Geocaching Club at IU joined the Bloomington Geocachers and many other geocachers from across the state for a pirate themed geocaching canoe trip. 13 of our members that came were new, so they hadn't found more than 5 caches before the event. We found 13 geocaches that afternoon. Check out the YouTube Video that DJ Hobby made of our adventure!
Welcome to Geocaching!
September 12, 2010 | 2-4pm @ Showalter Fountain
An event held to introduce new geocachers at IU to geocaching while we found 3-5 geocaches each on campus.
Freshmen Game Night
August 26, 2010 | 9pm-12am @ Wells Library lobby
We had a booth setup during Game Night to advertise geocaching to new students on campus. We also took students outside with flashlights to find a few geocaches and a special event only nightcache.
2010 Indiana Fall Picnic...10 Years of Geocaching
September 11, 2010 | 9:00pm @ Boonsdocks Farms
Saturday's Fall Picnic will be an entire day and evening of fun, socializing and events. All details are on the cache page, there is also an event the day before to help kick off the weekend. (GC23QB2)
2010 Indiana Fall Picnic...10 Years of Geocaching
September 11, 2010 | 9:00pm @ Boonsdocks Farms
Saturday’s Fall Picnic will be an entire day and evening of fun, socializing and events. All details are on the cache page, there is also an event the day before to help kick off the weekend. (GC23QB2)
10 Years! Bloomington, Indiana
May 02, 2010 | 5:00pm @ the Scenic View Restaurant
Happy Birthday Geocaching! May 3rd celebrates the 10th anniversary of geocaching. So we're celebrating with a lovely dinner at The View Restaurant.
TrailMix 19 - Bill & Greg's Excellent Adventure
May 22, 2010 | 10:00am @ MT NEBO TRAILHEAD NEAR STORY, IN
"Geocaching is 10 years old this month. Come join me for TrailMix 19 and we will stand around and talk about our favorite caching moments. This is the second TrailMix this month. This is also much easier than TrailMix 18."
March Event: Mini-fig Madness… oh, and dessert social
March 27, 2010 | 2:00pm @ the Fairfax Recreation Center
Galac-Brick Empire and the Bloomington Geocachers are hosting an event south of Bloomington at the Fairfax State Recreation Center. There will be six caches total containing various pieces of lego mini-figs. The first team to find all 6 caches and build their mini-fig will walk away with the first-ever March Mini-fig Championship and some prizes.
There will also be a dessert social. Drinks will be provided. Bring your favorite dessert!
February Event #2: Night time Geo-adventures on the B-Line
February 23, 2010 | 6:30pm @ the Bloomington Convention Center
The Geocaching Club at IU would like to invite you and your friends to attend a night time geocaching event. We'll be meeting outside the lobby of the Bloomington Convention Center.
The Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) Conference is going on in Bloomington this week and their attendees spend all day working with GPS coordinates in their GIS work, but many have not have the privilege of participating in geocaching. Members of the Geocaching Club at IU and the Bloomington Geocachers will be on hand to show those new to the hobby the ropes of geocaching.
February Event #1: Breakfast/Spring Mill
February 6, 2010 | 9AM @ Runcible Spoon Cafe
For our February event we will be having a breakfast at the Runcible Spoon Cafe. After our breakfast we will be carpooling south to Spring Mill for the 4th Annual Geocache Challenge.
Bloomington Geocache Meet and Greet
January 16, 2010 | 12PM @ College Mall Food Court
Combined IU/Bloomington Geocache group event with a Poker Hand Run giveaway. Congratulations to Mickey4jes for winning the Poker run and receiving a premium mebership to geocaching.com
Happy Cache-mas, Bloomington
December 12, 2009
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IU GIS Day's Welcome to Geocaching!
November 18, 2009
Event held at IU's GIS day to help spread the word about IU Geocaching.
Nightcaching Adventures on IU Campus
November 22, 2009
Caching event that was held on IU's campus at night. It had a great turn out and plenty of caches were found!
TrailMix 16- Yellowwood State Forest
November 1, 2009
We'll be carpooling to Yellowwood State Forest, about 30 minutes east of Bloomington, where we'll be hiking around the lake and finding about 20 geocaches. TrailMixes are a great opportunity for people of varying hiking experiences to come together for a fun geocaching hike. Everyone is welcome!