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Discover Fairfax County Through Geocaching

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library will host a geocaching seminar and scavenger hunt not to be missed.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

There are so many ways to explore Fairfax County, but geocaching is gaining popularity around the globe — and in NoVA. 

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library will teach newbies the basics of geocaching and offer the opportunity to participate in an exclusive geocaching scavenger hunt Saturday afternoon.

What exactly is geocaching?

According to Geocaching.com, geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game with a twist. Instead of using a compass and a map, participants use GPS enabled devices (like a smartphone) to navigate to a specific set of coordinates to attempt to find the geocache container hidden at that location.

Saturday’s program will feature a presentation from a representative of the NoVA Geocaching Association who claims to have found 5,000 caches, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library staff member Vladimir Shutov said. It is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. 

 “I think geocaching is more exciting than Pokemon that my 8-year old son would be playing all the time if I let him,” Shutov said in an email.

After the presentation, participants will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt designed specifically for the program.  Caches will be placed around locations with historic significance in Fairfax County. Participants will be able to compete for prizes.

Geocaching 101 will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events/ or call 703-790-8088, ext. 4.

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