Geocaching in the forest
SCFC Geocache Coin Challenge badge

SCFC Geocache Coin Challenge

Geocaching is a great family-friendly activity for all ages to get outside and explore our beautiful forests. The purpose of this course is to educate the public about the South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC) and the importance of forestry in our state. There are seven individual geocaches hidden along the education trails at Harbison State Forest in Columbia, SC. Each cache contains information regarding the divisions and duties within the SCFC. There is an accompanying set of seven questions (1 for each cache) that can be completed and turned into the Education Center. If you answer all seven questions correctly, you will receive a Forest Life geocache coin!

Challenge provided by: SC Forestry Commission
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Year-round icon Year-round
Start Date: Mar 1, 2024
  • Coins available M-F 8am - 4pm
1–2 hours icon 1–2 hours Easy icon Easy Outdoor Only icon Outdoor
 icon Free

This Challenge is for:

  • All Ages

Challenge Topics:

  • Biodiversity
  • Connecting Children with Nature
  • Conservation/Environmental Education
  • Eco-friendly Goods and Products
  • Green Careers
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Land Stewardship
  • Nature and Mental Health
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Physical Health and Exercise
  • Water Conservation

This Challenge is accessible for:

  • People with Hearing Impairments
  • People with Developmental Impairments
  • People with Sensory Sensitivities

To complete this challenge

Step one

Download the geocaching app.

Download the "geocaching" app on any mobile device. View the instructions page listed under materials on this website, for more information on how to find the Harbison State Forest geocaches.

Step two

Print the coin challenge answer sheet.

Make sure to print off the set of questions prior to heading out to the forest. You will write your answer to each question on the answer sheet listed under materials on this website.

Step three

Complete the geocache challenge at HSF.

Harbison State Forest is located at 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212. To get started, park in the Education Center parking lot and don’t forget to pay the parking fee, which is $5.00.

Step four

Pick up your coin at the Education Center!

The Education Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. Due to limited staffing on the weekends, you may not be able to receive your coin upon completion. If the Education Center is not open, please come back on a weekday with your answer sheet to receive your completion coin.

Step five

Earn your badge!


Texas A&M Forest Service and cooperators collectively known as “Nature Challenge” have not inspected the physical locations of challenges. No warranty of safecondition, or fitness for particular use is granted by Nature Challenge. Nature Challenge has not vetted whether the challenges, as formatted by the Provider, is safe. Anyone performing this challenge will be doing so at their own risk.