Discover Central Point 2019!

Come join the fun as we kick-off our Third Annual Discover Central Point Geocoin Challenge!!



Pick up your passport on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm in the Council Chambers at Central Point City Hall, 140 S. 3rd Street, Central Point, OR 97502


This geocache series, which consists of 5 traditional caches and 15 temporary caches, will lead cachers to city parks and sights in and around Central Point. Limited edition (150 available) Discover Central Point Geocoins will be awarded to those who complete the geocache series!


This kick-off event will include a raffle which will take place at Central Point City Hall at 2:00 pm. Anyone who brings in a an item to be raffled off will get an extra raffle ticket (1 per person).  Southern Oregon Geocaching will be hosting a travel bug table for discovery and possible trades. Light food / beverages will be available.


After the kick-off event, passports to the series can be picked up at and/or returned to Central Point City Hall / 140 S 3rd Street / Central Point (541-423-1978) Monday – Friday between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 5:00 pm. After hours location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 285 Peninger Road, Central Point.   The series will continue until all 150 coins are awarded!


For event information contact Socks & Amanda at 541-690-6550 or southernoregongeocaching@gmail.com or Nikki Petersen with Central Point Parks and Rec at nikki.petersen@centralpointoregon.gov or call 541-664-3321 ext. 130.

“Every Hero has a Story” Geocoin Challenge Day 2

Southern Oregon Geocaching, The Jackson County Library Services, and The Friends of the Medford Library are excited to present the “Every Hero has a Story” Geocoin Challenge Day 2!

A Geocoin Challenge is an event that rewards those who finish  the challenge with a brand new, unactivated Geocoin!  These coins can either be collected, traded, or sent out in the world to travel from cache to cache.  The challenge in this event is to pick up a passport with locations, find the hidden geocache containers around the Comic Con grounds, and then return the completed passport to exchange for your coin!

*Challenge Passports can be picked up starting at 11:30 am on Saturday April 27th from the Southern Oregon Geocaching booth, located on the Comic Con grounds at the Jackson County Library / 205 South Central Avenue / Medford / OR / 97501. (Official GPS coordinates will be provided once location has been assigned for event)

*Completed passports can be returned to the SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching booth between 11:30 am to 4 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday to claim your Special Edition Comic Con Geocoin. Only 200 coins will be available for this challenge.

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS ONLY A 2-DAY EVENT**

**For more detailed information, check the Geocaching.com page for the event**

Come immerse yourself in a world full of superheroes and supervillians, costumes and cosplay, magic and wonder, as you work to find all the clues and solve the passport’s mysteries in order to claim your geocoin! A weekend of fun and excitment awaits those that dare brave the unknown possibilities and marvels that will be found downtown around the Jackson County Library. Dust off your superhero suit and cape, dye your hair a wild color, and don’t forget to wear your underwear on the outside of your clothes! This Geocoin Challenge will have it all!

“Every Hero has a Story” Geocoin Challenge Day 1

Southern Oregon Geocaching, The Jackson County Library Services, and The Friends of the Medford Library are excited to present the “Every Hero has a Story” Geocoin Challenge Day 1!

A Geocoin Challenge is an event that rewards those who finish the challenge with a brand new, unactivated Geocoin!  These coins can either be collected, traded, or sent out in the world to travel from cache to cache.  The challenge in this event is to pick up a passport with locations, find the hidden geocache containers around the Comic Con grounds, and then return the completed passport to exchange for your coin!

*Challenge Passports can be picked up starting at 11:30 am on Saturday April 27th from the Southern Oregon Geocaching booth, located on the Comic Con grounds at the Jackson County Library / 205 South Central Avenue / Medford / OR / 97501. (Official GPS coordinates will be provided once location has been assigned for event)

*Completed passports can be returned to the SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching booth between 11:30 am to 4 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday to claim your Special Edition Comic Con Geocoin. Only 200 coins will be available for this challenge.

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS ONLY A 2-DAY EVENT**

**For more detailed information, check the Geocaching.com page for the event**

Come immerse yourself in a world full of superheroes and supervillians, costumes and cosplay, magic and wonder, as you work to find all the clues and solve the passport’s mysteries in order to claim your geocoin! A weekend of fun and excitment awaits those that dare brave the unknown possibilities and marvels that will be found downtown around the Jackson County Library. Dust off your superhero suit and cape, dye your hair a wild color, and don’t forget to wear your underwear on the outside of your clothes! This Geocoin Challenge will have it all!

Geocaching 101 – An Introduction to Geocaching

Come join Southern Oregon Geocaching founders Socks and Amanda Smith as we work to share our love of Geocaching and help get folks ready for 2 upcoming and amazing Geocoin challenges!



Are you new to Geocaching?  Have you been caching for a little while but want to pick up some additional tips?  Come join Southern Oregon Geocaching for beginning Geocaching 101.  This class is meant to be an introduction to the fun, high-thrill hobby of Geocaching to the community.  We’ll spend some time indoors exploring the basics and then get outside to test your newly acquired skills.  Team up with experienced cachers who will share their knowledge and stories from the field and help guide you on your way.



Class will cover the following:

  • Brief history of geocaching
  • Explanation of cache types and useful terms
  • Introduction to GPS and satellite technology
  • The cache page at Geocaching.com
  • Setting up your geocaching account and logging your caches
  • A hands on demonstration with “Frankencache
    • Our fun, interactive teaching tool that provides examples of what you could discover 


This class is being offered through the Central Point Parks and Recreation and is the RECreate guide, so please share the information with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about Geocaching.



 The class will be held Saturday, April 20th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Computer Classroom at 155 S. 2nd Street (2nd Floor), in Central Point.  You’ll need to enter through the Police Department.



We are very excited to be having the opportunity to put on this class and really look forward to seeing new faces as well as those of you experienced cachers too!  Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in learning more.  Let’s work to grow our base and teach more people about Geocaching!!



If you have any questions, feel free to contact Socks and Amanda at 541-690-6550 or southernoregongeocaching@gmail.com

McAndrews Road Greenway CITO

Come join Southern Oregon Geocaching as we partner once again with the Bear Creek Stewards to take part in the Bear Creek Stewardship day!

Saturday, April 20th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

 


 

The Bear Creek Greenway is an amazing path for bikers, runners, hikers, and geocachers to explore and have access from Central Point to Ashland.  There are certain stretches of the Greenway that attract individuals who leave trash and garbage strewn about and we wanted to do our best to make a difference.

 


 

We will be setting up our canopy and table down in the area off McAndrews Road to help clean up a stretch of the Greenway both north and south of McAndrews.  Parking is limited in the immediate area but also available across the street in the southern parking lot of the mall.

We will have CITO materials such as garbage bags, gloves and pickers available to all those who come out to help.  There will also be light refreshments provided.

Everyone is encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and be aware of the surroundings at the cleanup site.

 


 

We hope to see everyone come out and support CITO as we work to make a difference in our community!

Creation Celebration: A Build-a-Cache Workshop

 

Welcome to the Cache Carnival – Creation Celebration event:

Build-a-Cache Workshop!

We invite you all to come and join us in the Large Conference Room at the Jackson County Library, located at 205 S. Central Avenue in downtown Medford, Monday March 25th, from 4:30-6:00 pm, to kick off the Cache Carnival event and earn the exclusive 6th souvenir!

This is an event to both honor the makers of great caches, and to provide an opportunity for the rest of us to learn.  There can be many different aspects to a great cache.  It may be the container, the location, a twisted puzzle, a series theme, the places a multi may take you, or just about any number of other things – like “how did we get out of that one alive?” So, bring your stories about great containers, themes, caching experiences or anything at all that helps make this the wonderful sport we enjoy so much. Also this is a great time to ask any questions you may have about any part of caching – we will have people with answers.


Build-a-Cache Workshop

Fancy making your own cache but don’t know where to begin?  No problem!  Come visit the cache making workshop for some inspiration.  View some ideas and inspiration for making your own cache as well as have the opportunity to make your own cache containers from some of the items available at the workshop.  We also encourage folks to bring in any items they might want to donate to the cause for others to create into new caches.  This workshop will involve adhesive products so children must be supervised by a responsible adult in order to take part.  If children are unsupervised they can take away a ready made container and there will also be written information for them to take away too.  These items will be available for bigger children as well so please don’t feel that just because you are are a grown up that you are left out!


Container Contest!

How creative are you when it comes to a good hide?  Bring your newest creations!  There will be a table set up to display your containers and then all attendants will get to vote for their favorite.  The winner will receive an unactivated trackable!

 

RECAP:

Build-a-Cache Workshop

Monday, March 25th 4:30 – 6:00 pm

JCLS Medford Branch:  Large Conference Room

Playing catch up

It was a pretty busy end to 2018 and start to 2019, so once again it’s time for us to play catch up on upcoming events! We’ll be taking the weekend to update the site and add some new information. You can always visit our Southern Oregon Geocaching Facebook page to see the latest news and upcoming events. We hope to see you come out and support some of the fun activities we have coming up!

Thanks-Caching 2018

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A simple meet and greet with caching friends, new and old, to celebrate Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season

Come and join us for a cup of coffee and a meet and greet. Feel free to bring some trackables to share and discover, I know there are some crazy collectors out there who keep growing their hoard, so they might as well share some for discovery!

To celebrate Thanksgiving and being thankful for all that we have, please feel free to bring a canned or non-perishable food item that we can donate to a local food bank. We would be very appreciative and it would help out local families that are in need.

The plan is to meet between 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th, at Rise Coffeehouse in Medford. Come stop by, join us, and share a story or two about caching or things that you’re thankful for. SocksAndAmanda will be bringing some small litte dessert-type yummies, feel free to bring something to share if you’d like, although it’s not required by an means.

Geocaching International Film Festival 2018

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Welcome to the Geocaching International Film Festival 2018
Viewing held in Central Point, Oregon

Returning for the third year, SocksAndAmanda are proud to bring the GIFF to the Rogue Valley!

We invite you all to come and join us in the upstairs Computer Classroom at the Central Point Police Department, located at 155 S. 2nd Street in downtown Central Point, Sunday November 11th, from 2:00-4:00pm. Due to the mishap last year with our projector debacle, we made sure to reserve a space that comes with a projector and screen. We’ll be showing the films and asking you to be the judges to see who is the winner. Bring a snack and a drink if you’d like, we will have our small popcorn machine there for some yummy movie treats!

RECAP:
When: Sunday, November 11th, from 2-4 pm.
Where: Upstairs Computer Classroom, Central Point Police Department, 155 S. 2nd St. in Central Point

This is event is free and open to all those who would like to come down and watch the finalists in this years Geocaching International Film Festival! As in previous years, the film reel is usually around an hour to an hour and a half long. From finding new favorite places, people, and puzzles, geocaching is full of moments that should be captured on film and shared with the geocaching world. This year filmmakers were asked to film a great story about the game we love and send it in. We can’t wait to see the amazing films that cachers came up with!

GIFF starts this weekend!

Geocaching International Film Festival

GIFF starts this weekend — log your Will Attend now!

The smell of popcorn in the air, gnomes dancing everywhere… it can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival!

From November 8-12, the 16 never-before-seen GIFF finalist films will make their international debuts on hundreds of screens all over the world. Some GIFF Events will be themed—like this intergalactic GIFF gathering in Adelaide, Australia. Some events will be extravagant—like the first-ever GIFF themed Mega Event – GIFF 2018 – Janz jroß Kinema. All GIFF events will show this year’s hilarious, dramatic, and poignant geocaching films. And if you need one more reason to love GIFF: attending any official GIFF event will earn you the GIFF 2018 souvenir, plus you’ll earn 15 points towards your Social Butterfly souvenir!

Don’t miss your chance at popcorn, films, and GIFFy fun… explore this live map of all official GIFF events to find one near you

GIFF Events 2018
GIFF Events 2018

Tag your GIFF stories and photos with #geocachingfilmfestival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a chance to have them shared on the official Geocaching channels!