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You have reached the homepage of the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO). The purpose of our organization is to promote the sport of Geocaching in Michigan via improved communications and to provide information to the public about our activities and the sport of geocaching. Please spend some time on our site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or visit www.geocaching.com for more details.

Join MiGO Today! Membership gives you many benefits. MiGO is one of the oldest and most respected Geocaching organizations in the country. Since our inception in April, 2002 we have grown both in size and stature. In 2007 we were granted an organizational land use permit by the Michigan DNR. This permit is paid annually by MiGO and enables all our members to place caches on permitted DNR lands, with the appropriate permit where required, at no fee. This is just one of the many benefits of your membership. You'll also become part of a local and tight-knit Geocaching community with an active interest in caching in our state. Our forums are very active and are a great place to meet cachers and learn.

To Join, renew or upgrade your membership, pull down the Membership Menu.


Announcements

DNR Centennial Geocache Trail -
Call for help!

 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is celebrating its Centennial year in 2021. To celebrate, they are putting together a geocache trail (not a GeoTour) of fifty caches in four regions of Michigan, one region at a time. The DNR is partnering with Jay's Sporting Goods and MiGO to help with the tour. Jay's is supplying the actual geocaches that will be hidden by park management with MiGO member's assistance. We do not have all of the details yet, but will share them as we learn. A key feature is that our volunteers  will only be assisting by helping place the hides. No expense or effort is needed other than meeting with the park personnel to help with the hides.  Caches will be provided by Jay's and will (probably) be mailed to the volunteers.  

 

We are looking for Experienced Cache Owners to help with this task. The first region up will be the southern third of the lower peninsula. The target for  publishing the first group of hides is MAY 28TH.  We need people to volunteer help place14 caches NOW.   Please go to the Volunteer page on the MiGO Website (under About Us on the menu) and volunteer for one or more of the sites/parks in question. There will be multiple slots per site, but likely only one person will be needed. You can volunteer for multiple sites, but keep in mind, we need to cover all sites. If more than one person volunteers for a specific site, the second and third will be backups.  If you can, please sign up for as many parks you would be willing to hide their cache in.

The other regions will be opening soon and will publish on two to three week schedules, so check back regularly.

 

Time is of the essence. Please consider helping with this endeavor and volunteer today.

Update 5/6/21:  We have had 11 people volunteer so far and have 11 of the 14 slots covered, although one volunteer is currently the only one signed up for 4 of the 14 sites.  Great job people.  Thank you!  We need more people in the southern tier to step up.   The slots for the central lower tier will be going up within a week.  
Additional Details:
  Unless it is convenient for you to go to Clare to pick up the geocaches, they will be mailed to you by Jay's.  We will share your email address and phone number from the volunteer signups with Jay's.  It is not clear to MiGO yet if you will be expected to maintain a cache that you help hide.  That question will come up on our next call with the team, some time next week.  Park Contact information will also be made available as soon as we get it.


March-April Photo Contest Member Ballot.

 

Scroll through the photos below, then click the button below to help select the winning photo from the top five (voted on by the EC and BoD) for this contest.  Please make your selection by May 9th.

 

ZFC MiGO Photo Contest March-April 2021 Member Ballot

Slideshow
Photo Contest 2021-04

 

April-May Promotions



How well do you know your ZIP Codes?


MZIP2021 is a six week contest with different goals each week.


Click the button below to go to the contest page to see what it is all about and to enter. Contest entry is open from April 1st through May 9th. The Contest runs from April 5h through May 16th and is open to all MiGO Members. We are inviting Lake St. Clair and Trial members to play for fun or upgrade their membership and play for prizes.


Current week is week 5. Just one more to go.



MZIP 2021 Contest



 

March-April Promotions

The March-April  Photo Contest OPEN! 
 
Time remaining to submit your photo(s) for this contest:





On May 1st-2nd, the EC and Board will select their top 5 entries for this photo contest.  
May 3rd-5th, you members get to pick the winner from that top 5.

Please watch for a button here to vote for your favorite...
Top 5 Ballot will be available early May, please check back.

Zoom... Focus... Click!


We are continuing  a regular feature on the MiGO Website, a Photo Contest.  We are our giving our members a chance to provide some new photos for the website and have a chance at winning a "fabulous prize" in the process.   Dust off your Nikon, wind your Pentax, Charge your Lumix, or just point your phone at something interesting on your geocaching adventures and related to the theme below.


This contest runs the months of March and April.  Imagine (or experience) blue water, a sandy beach and green palm trees, pink shells...  Just a dream for most of us.  The theme for this contest is, appropriately, ...


Spring Break Caching


Click the button above to submit a photo. You may submit 1, 2 or 3 photos per contest period.   Please submit only current photos.  Remember, landscape photos look better on our scroller...

The EC and Board will pick the top 5, the Membership picks the winner.


MiGO Signature Jacket Preorder, Round 2,
Last Day to order: May 9th.


MiGO Jacket Sample
Wouldn't you like to look as good as the crew shown above at your next event?
The feedback regarding these jackets has been so good, we had to offer them again.  

As of 5/3, we have been eleven new preorders for solid and none for heather.  We need at least two more to get the best pricing.

MiGO Store News

 

 

Get your 2021 MiGO Calendar from the MiGO Store while supplies last!

2021 MiGO Calendar is in stock, ready to ship from the ...


MiGO Store

The Latest from the GeoTour

April 5th, 2021.
It has been twenty-two months since the kickoff of the Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour, Memorial Day weekend, 2019.   During 2019, cachers went crazy to qualify for one, two, three or all four regional pathtags and one or two of the DNR's GeoCoins.  2020, for unfortunate reasons, got off to a much slower start. Over the summer, the search for these quality hides was definitely back on.  Spring of 2021 has shown an uptick of activity again.  As of April data from Project-GC and Geocaching.com and from our own tracking of coins earned, here are the latest stats:
Logged
 Finds: 
36,993
Individual
Cachers:
5,066
Favorite
 Points:
6142
Geocoins
Earned:
Silver:
143
Gold:
111
News from the DNR:  The DNR members of the GeoTour team have been have been working from home and do not have regular access to their offices or accounting systems to send out official mail. Earned geocoins will be mailed but generally not as quickly as would be the case if they were working in their office environment.  

As many of you know, our own "Kneel More" is an avid and prolific filmmaker with regards to the game of Geocaching.  Kneel and his friend Bob Billy have dozens of informative and often hilarious videos in his YouTube collection. Kneel has created a series of videos while caching the MSPC GeoTour.  To view the videos, click on the images below.



A humble beginning
Part 2
Waterfalls
History Preserved
Cold Hard Cache


April 1st, 2021:  First Anniversary of Membership Tiers


Trial...    Lake St. Clair...    Lake Huron...    Lake Superior...   

We are pleased to report that we have 167 Lake Superior Members.  Many Lake St. Clair members have upgraded to Lake Huron level as well. Thank you all for your help. We have attracted new Trial members several of whom have signed on as Lake Huron and Lake Superior members after seeing what we have to offer. Each time someone joins or the organization or renews or upgrades to a supporting membership, we recognize them below.  We still have work to do. More members than we thought would are still renewing at the Lake St. Clair level. Perhaps they have not gotten the word as I can't imagine many members would not want to support the organization. The more people we have contributing, the more we can offer our members.    Paid membership has its rewards. We are constantly hard at work coming up with some fun new things to do.

The member tiers are named for the Great Lakes that we know and love. We are (almost) all Michiganders, so we used three three lakes on our international border to name the regular member levels.

 

The Trial member is a new level available for new members to try out the organization for thirty days. It is open to anyone who is not currently a member and has not been a member since January 1, 2017. Any time during your trial, we hope you take the option to renew as one of the following three levels:

The Lake St. Clair (formerly Member) membership level is the free membership. It is only available as a three month renewal and has a limited view of the website. It is intended for those that simply cannot support the organization financially, but still want to be associated with the us.

The Lake Huron (formerly Supporting Member) is $10 per year, renewed annually. This fee covers just a little more than the cost of your membership on our web service. Lake Huron members have access to and eligibility for many things not available to Lake St. Clair members. Lake Huron members that upgrade to the Lake Superior level before they are up for renewal level will have their remaining membership prorated at the new level.

The Lake Superior level is a new, premium level. It is $30 per year, renewed annually. Renewing or upgrading your membership to this level demonstrates your commitment to the organization. Your contribution allows MiGO to expand the promotional activities we offer our members and our caching community. Lake Superior members are recognized and rewarded at the highest level.

 

Refer to the Member Levels page found on the Membership Menu for details of the various levels.

Refer to the Renewal page in the Membership Menu for instructions on renewing and upgrading when your membership is within the 30 day renewal window.

Refer to the Upgrade page in the Membership Menu for instructions on upgrading when your membership is not due for renewal.

Refer to the Extend page in the Membership Menu for instructions on how to extend your membership when it is not yet due for renewal.

 

MiGO is a 501(c)(7) organization and funded by our members! Thank you for your help and support. We want to see your name on the Lake Superior Member Honor Roll.


Notable Membership Activity over the Last Two Months

Trial Members

  • D_Ann_y (welcome, from Belgium)
  • Schrutefarms1979 (welcome)
  • hollyhop6 (welcome)
  • JJ&Dman (welcome)
  • TreasurehunterRyan (welcome)
  • RDHfoofy (welcome)
  • Dixie_Sweeter_19 (welcome)

Lake Huron

  • MichiSeekers (renew)
  • BinderyGuy (renew)
  • AggieTeam (ren&upg)
  • TTFNCachn (renew)
  • SP500 (ren&upg)
  • Team Lerman (renew)
  • Kite Dancer (renew)
  • GSecret (ren&upg)
  • sci_bugs (renew)
  • KWGT (renew)
  • Paddling Pirates (renew)
  • Ypsimom (renew)
  • Jordysmama (renew)
  • tandembiker (renew)
  • bgscrabble (renew)
  • 2277 (renew)
  • mamabearbc65 (new)
  • The Seed Spreaders (renew)
  • bh3mucs (new)
  • salplus2 (renew)
  • ranzuly (renew)
  • Strong Rogues (renew)
  • zekefritter (renew)
  • pee-paw (renew)

Lake Superior

  • GeoNiffs (ren&upg)
  • RoaminThirtiesGirl (ren&upg)
  • ScoutMom5 (ren&upg)
  • Wanjolan (new)
  • BigBucknasty (ren&upg)
  • liskiss17 (new)
  • musical note (ren&upg)
  • happilycaching (ren&upg)
  • Nurse Nanna (ren&upg)
  • bekkastarstruck (ren&upg)
  • Adventuregirl2021 (new)
  • Gdpunkgirl73 (upgrade)
  • DucksLanding (ren&upg)
  • Mudlark9 (ren&upg)
  • dpbotkin (new)
  • kmans (ren&upg)
  • necthana (ren&upg)
  • iatsemedic (new)
  • Woodtrain (renewed)
  • Kazyuma (new)
  • Mom1of6 (new)
  • Traveling Dave (renewed)
  • HPHA (new)
  • swtgi111982 (new)
  • IdaLabs (renewed)
  • Red Hat Grandma (renewed)
  • lightkeeperJane (ren&upg)
  • Noah's Peeps (renew)
  • SnoringEagles (renew)
  • mboensch (renew)
  • angelsunshine (renew)
  • smitherington (renew)
  • OakCrestGal (new)
  • Sarahjo27 (new)
  • Teambaker101 (renew)
  • mkettel (renew)
  • DanTMan&Co (renew)
  • IFollowRoads (renew)
  • DirtBikeGranny (renew)
  • smitherington (extended)
  • Schrutefarms1979 (upgrade from Trial, thank you)
  • Cinamuck (renew)
  • PairOMedicChick (renew)

Promote MiGO on your Geocache Page


MiGO members are encouraged to identify geocaches as being owned by a MiGO Member. We have had a page containing sample logos and other graphics for MiGO Cache Owners to include on their own cache pages. Recently, HQ tightened their security, breaking many COs links to graphics and other pages. Neither our old host or our new one were included in the acceptable list.


The good news is, we have placed the graphics on our own Google Drive space and updated the page with the logos and code to go with them.


The bad news is, we would like all of our members to update all geocache pages that used our older host with code for the new location of the graphics.


Click the link below to see what is available and copy the new code to your cache pages.


Add a MiGO Logo to your cache page


MiGO Store

Big News in the Store:

MiGO is now an official distributor of Shop Geocaching (geocaching.com) and now has select items available in the MiGO store.  Also, we are adding our own new items to the store soon including a trackable MiGO walking stick medallion pictured above (coming November '19), a MiGO Name Badge available for pre-order and a new transparent window sticker.



MiGO Store



We are looking at new items to put in the store and are always interested in your feedback.  Is there something you think that the store should have for sale?  Please let us know.


The funding to support our organization is derived through member contributions via donations, purchases in our store, and supporting memberships. We appreciate your interest in our organization and our store and invite you to look around. If you have any questions, you can email us at store@mi-geocaching.org

MiGO and You


This is the home of the Michigan Geocaching Organization or MiGO. Geocaching is closing in on 20 years of existence and MiGO has been a part of most of that. Our goal is to promote the activity of geocaching by helping geocachers and those looking to get into geocaching. What can we do to help you? Take a look around and let us know what you think. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions. Happy caching!

MiGO Leadership Update 2/2020

Welcome the following:

Executive Committee
At Large member:
Jodi Spalding (LiteOnCache)


MiGO Member

BIG things are going on at MiGO, and I just wanted to take a minute to let you know what some of them are:

New Membership Tiers were announced April 1st. in an effort to expand MiGO's budget so we may bring you more fun and interesting things to dol

The Executive Committee and a new MiGO Challenges Work Group is working on new basic and premium challenges for our community and membership.

  

August 2020

Come to Camp MiGO the weekend of August 22nd.  Watch the panel on  the home page for more information.

MSPC GeoTour
The Spring of 2019 put Michigan on the world geocaching map with our first official GeoTour!  MiGO and the Michigan Department of Resources continue working together on this GeoTour celebrating the 100th anniversary of Michigan's State Parks.
The GeoTour has been an amazing success and is already one of the most popular GeoTours in the world.  Thank you to the entire team for a job well done.

There are more things to announce, but they're not quite ready yet.  The Executive Committee is working hard to keep bringing you fun things to do.  Your support is much appreciated.  We can't do it without you. 

We have new merchandise in the pipeline for the store.  We have unique and exclusive path tags for you to acquire, we will have a bigger presence at events around the state and be making donations in cash and in-kind for events of all types and sizes.  Let your RVP know if you have an event coming up that you would like MiGO to help with.

We have made big strides in the number of people supporting the organization, but we still have a long way to go.
 
Susan Kay Schug Educational Scholarship 

2021 applicantions for this scholarship will be available in the fall.  Applications will be due January 1st, 2021, with a recipient announced at the 2021 Winter Social.  Any active MiGO member, their spouse or their child or grandchild, who will be attending a college or university, is eligible to apply for this scholarship by filling out the form, and submitting it per the instructions outlined in the application form.
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