What is geocaching? Geocaching is a treasure hunt that can be as fun for the hider as it is for the seeker. Any given treasure, known as a geocache, has specific coordinates of longitude and latitude to which seekers must travel in order to locate the treasure. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or GPS-enabled smartphone and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

“By finding some or all of the Quad City Museum caches you will learn about the many great museums in the community,” says Gretchen Small of the Butterworth and Deere-Wiman House. “A total of 12 museums are participating in the Geocache.”

To get started on your treasure hunt , simply go to www.geocaching.com and see if you can collect a wooden nickel from all of the participating museum geocaches.

Participating museums in the Geocache include the Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead, Buffalo Bill Museum, Butterworth Center, Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, German American Heritage Museum, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Putnam Museum, and Rock Island County Historical Society.