Geocaching w edukacji – przegląd międzynarodowych doświadczeń Część 2. Odbiorca, miejsce i tematyka edukacji

Geocaching in education – a review of international experiences Part 2. Recipient, location and subject matter of education


  • Ewa Referowska-Chodak Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego, Instytut Nauk Leśnych, Katedra Ochrony Lasu
    ul. Nowoursynowska 159, 02-776 Warszawa, Polska
    Tel. +48 22 5938169, e-mail:


This article discusses the recipient, locations and subject matter of education using geocaching, based on a literature review. The aim is to aid the implementation of similar methods of education in Poland, including forest education, by providing practical information and guidelines.
In the literature, the most frequently mentioned recipients of geocaching education are pupils, especially between 10-18 years of age, and university students. This is due to the fact that the authors of the publications were mostly school and academic teachers, as well as students and doctoral students of teaching and social faculties. For the same reason, also the preferred locations of educational geocaching were school/university areas and their immediate vicinity, as well as urban areas, including parks. Locations modified to a lesser degree by anthropogenic influences such as protected areas, waterfronts and forests were also mentioned. The subject range of geocaching classes is very wide, although geography, mathematics, biology, ecology, history, culture, modern technology/equipment, linguistics and physical education were particularly frequently mentioned. Subjects related to geology, local society, economy and art were also reported. Regarding recipients of educational geocaching, the literature clearly indicates limitations in its application to the youngest age groups, while at the same time its great usefulness in the education of all other age groups is highlighted. In addition to the currently dominating anthropogenic geocaching locations, Poland has to offer a large variety of natural places, such as forest areas, which are already used for informal field education. These locations furthermore enable multidisciplinary education, which is in line with the extremely wide range of subject content proposed for educational geocaching.

DOI 10.2478/frp-2020-0009
Source Leśne Prace Badawcze, 2020, 80 (2): 81–90
Print ISSN 1732-9442
Online ISSN
Type of article
Review article
Original title
Geocaching w edukacji – przegląd międzynarodowych doświadczeń Część 2. Odbiorca, miejsce i tematyka edukacji
Publisher Instytut Badawczy Leśnictwa, Sękocin Stary, Poland
Date 2020, June

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