Join Us at Our NoVAGO Annual Spring Picnic and 2017 NoVAGO Geocache Awards Event

On May 6, 2018 NoVAGO invites to you lend a hand, picnic with friends, and celebrate the 2017 NoVAGO Cache Awards in Arlington! At 9 a.m. we will kick off the day with a CITO at Glencarlyn Park where we will be cleaning up portion of trails along Four Mile Run in Arlington.  Located just over a mile from our picnic shelter this CITO is a nice walk or a quick bike ride up a paved path from our picnic location. Trash bags will be provided at the clean up.  To log your “will Attend” or to find out more … Continue reading

NoVAGO Area Events for Spring CITO Season

Once again Earth Day is almost upon us and one of the great ways geocachers can give back to the community is by hosting CITO events.  Groundspeak has announced April 21-29, 2018 as the dates to earn a virtual souvenir on your profile pages if you host or attend CITO an event during this time. Here is the list so far of Souvenir CITOs in the NoVA area: (See cache pages for more details!) Saturday, April 21st 3rd Annual Occoquan River Cleanup – Paddle CITO! Brentsville, VA Hosted by:  Hooclass2002 Starts at 9am Sunday, April 22nd NoVAGO Veteran’s Park CITO Woodbridge, VA Hosted … Continue reading

Northern Virginia Has 17 Events Dropped On the Area for the 2018 Planetary Pursuit Promotion

Northern Virginia has gone “event crazy” for the upcoming Groundspeak promotion “Planetary Pursuit.” Geocaching’s Official Blog describes this promotion as “The year is 2650. You are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our solar system, earning souvenirs along the way. Find different geocache types to individually collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 8 and earn up to 10 new souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer.” Attention space explorers! To give geocachers more time to complete their missions, Planetary Pursuit has been extended for an additional week. … Continue reading

NoVAGO’s Winter CITO is Upon Us

Join us February 25th, 2018 for NoVAGO’s Winter CITO as we help clean up the area around the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center.   This City of Alexandria nature center is located on a 50-acre park nestled along the Holmes Run Stream.  This center provides year-round programs, interactive exhibits, as well as taking care of over 30 live animals. This event is being organized in coordination with Nature Center staff, and is designed to assist them in keeping this area clean and beautiful. NoVAGO Winter CITO at Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. … Continue reading

First Class of 2018 Kicks Off NoVAGO’s New Direction of Hosting Educational Events

On Saturday February 3, 2018 thirty geocachers piled into a classroom for Awesnap’s Planning a Geocaching Road Trip Class. Our new President, platoaddict , want’s 2018 to be the year NoVAGO host’s more educational events.  On the horizon there are plans to host classes on a variety of subjects including GSAK, puzzle solving, cachetur.no, earthcaching 101, and a basic cache page creation class. The Geocaching Road Trip class was held in Prince William County at the Chinn Library.  Awesnap’s presentation covered the basics of distance caching, selecting target geocaches, routing, project.gc, and a quick introduction to cachetur.no. JPWAVE wrote in his … Continue reading

Australia Day Events in Northern Virginia

To celebrate Australia Day Groundspeak has created the Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Australia!.  You can earn a Australia Day 2018 souvenir by hosting or attending an event on Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, 2018.  A few members of our local geocaching community jumped at the the chance to host a Australia Day event!  So hop on over to one of them, hang out with fellow geocachers, and earn your Australia Day 2018 souvenir. Friday, January 26, 2018 Australia Day! 5:30 pm in Haymarket Hosted by Gaiterman Saturday, January 27, 2018 Australia Day 2018 5 pm in Sterling Hosted by Effstop Bunch of … Continue reading

A time for Thanks!

NoVAGO turns 11 this year and to celebrate we will be kicking off the year with our traditional Thanks Event!  January 14th also happens to be the anniversary of the first official NoVAGO hosted event back in 2007.  This year we are back at Santini’s New York Style Deli in Chantilly. Please join us at Santini’s to thank all of the amazing volunteers who helped make geocaching in Northern Virginia more fun in 2017 and to welcome in the 2018 volunteers. Thanks! January 14th, 2018 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Santini’s New York Style Deli 3980 Corsair Ct Chantilly, VA 20151 … Continue reading

OptOutside with NoVAGO and Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park has reached out to NoVAGO to lend a hand with their annual Geocaching Scavenger Hunt on the day after Thanksgiving. This one-day event, in conjunction with REI, Inc.’s Black Friday #OptOutside promotion, and it will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2017.   For this event only, special caches are placed around the lake. Find them all and win a prize. It’s a fun way to get outside during the holiday. While you are at the park, take advantage of the site to do some hiking, biking, picnicking or fishing. Burke Lake Park … Continue reading

Hauntingly Familiar Fall Event Was a Spooktacular Success

  The last big event of 2017 is over.  The weather was a perfect 70 degrees, the food was plentiful, and plenty of smiles filled the pavilion. Other than the swarm of uninvited yellow jackets everything else was about perfect. The NoVAGO Lab Cache experience was a huge hit with the attendees, as well was the long awaited return of the event Icebreaker. “Until now, I hadn’t really cared for the Lab Caches but I think NoVAGO did them right!” wrote JPWAVE “Nice job!! Really enjoyed the “NoVAGO Graveyard: Tombstones” Lab Cache!!” “Loved all the lab caches but the cool … Continue reading

NoVAGO’s 3rd Annual Hauntingly Familiar Fall Event

Summer has passed and fall is on the way. Come and help us celebrate the turning of the seasons by attending NoVAGO’s last major event of 2017. This year’s event will again be held with a Halloween theme.  Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to celebrate the season. Be sure to log your “will-attend” as early as possible to ensure that we have enough food for the masses.  Attendees are encouraged to bring your favorite pot luck dish, all we ask is that you list what you are bringing in your “will attend” log so that others won’t bring in … Continue reading