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Geocaching is a treasure hunting game that uses GPS technology to search out hidden containers called geocaches. 

American Prairie has caches in several locations across the Sun Prairie unit to guide visitors to interesting sites and encourage adults and children to actively learn about the ecosystem and human history. 

Learn more about the rules and requirements on and read about American Prairie’s geocaches below:

Hit the Books @ Prairie Union Schoolhouse

A simple walk from the adjoining parking area, this kid-friendly cache is located in the Prairie Union Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse that operated from 1943 to 1957. American Prairie restored the school in 2005 with input from former students. The cache has room for small swag, and is stocked with some special giveaways. Located over 40 miles from the nearest paved road, a 4WD high clearance vehicle is recommended.

A Small Herd of Caches

This remote three-stage multicache begins at a campground, and takes you along a prairie nature trail. It's a one-mile walk to complete the cache and return to the parking area. All stages are physical stages; coordinates for stages 2 and 3 are given inside the previous container. If you are new to multicaches, make sure you know how to enter coordinates into your GPS or GPS-enabled smartphone app.

The multicache begins at the "Buffalo Camp" campground and follows the Oceans of Grass nature trail across a riparian area and out into the open prairie. You will have to leave the trail to complete the cache. The trail is fairly level, but can be very muddy at times. Cachers should allow a minimum of 45 minutes to complete the cache and return. The final container has room for swag. If you'd like, you can continue a couple hundred yards past the final stage to the end of the trail at a prairie dog town.