Geocaching is a recreational pursuit that brings technology and nature together.
Geocaching is initiated by an individual hiding a cache, normally a waterproof container with small items inside, then recording the location with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) unit. The individual then posts the GPS coordinates along with a description of the cache at geocaching.com. Other individuals then try to find the cache. When it is located, participants sign a log book, then take or leave a small item. They also post their find on the online logbook.
Geocaching Guidelines Within Eden Prairie Parks
Geocaching is permitted in specific parks and conservation areas of the City of Eden Prairie as indicated on the Geocache Map [PDF].
- Caches must be properly registered through geocaching.com.
- Caches must have the name of the cache on the exterior.
- Park use hours (6 a.m.–10 p.m.) apply to those hiding or seeking a cache.
- Caches must not be buried.
- Caches cannot contain items that are offensive, dangerous or perishable.
- Caches must be at least 1/10 mile or 528 feet apart.
- Unregistered caches will be removed by the City of Eden Prairie.
- The City of Eden Prairie reserves the right to remove caches that are causing undue impact on park habitat.
- Caches are not permitted in play areas, beaches, or off-leash dog use areas.
- Caches will not be permitted in the following park areas:
- Birch Island Park
- Birch Island Woods Conservation Area
- Cummins-Grill Homestead
- Eden Prairie Community Center
- Edenwood Center
- Flying Cloud Athletic Fields
- Red Rock Conservation Area
- Riley-Jacques Farmstead Area
- Timber Creek Conservation Area
- Caches within the following conservation areas must be located within 25 feet of an established trail:
- Cardinal Creek Conservation Area
- Edenbrook Conservation Area
- Lower Purgatory Creek Conservation Area
- Mitchell Marsh Conservation Area
- Prairie Bluff Conservation Area
- Purgatory Creek Park
- Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area
- Riley Creek Conservation Area
- Westgate Conservation Area
Learn more about Geocaching
If you would like to find out more about geocaching, visit the Minnesota Geocaching Association website.