Navigation and Wayfinding

Engaging ways to gain or improve wayfinding skills using classical and modern navigation tools.

Compass Course

The compass course is located at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

  • The use of the compass course does not require a permit or have an associated fee.
  • Participants learn how to use a compass by following a series of directions.
  • Visitors can reserve compasses and instructions for this self-guided activity through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248. Groups of 25 or more should make reservations through Visitor Services. 

Geocaching

Geocaching adventures are available at several DuPage County forest preserves.

  • Searching for caches on Forest Preserve District property does not require a permit or have an associated fee. However, an individual hiding a cache on Forest Preserve District property must apply for a free geocaching permit, which is available through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248.
  • Participants use a global-positioning-system unit to navigate through a preserve to find a “treasure” box hidden in the woods.
  • Participants must supply their own GPS units.
  • Clues for caches in DuPage County forest preserves are available at geocaching.com.
  • For additional information, e-mail geocache@dupageforest.org.

Letterboxing

Letterboxing adventures are located at several DuPage County forest preserves.

  • Searching for letterboxes on Forest Preserve District property does not require a permit or have an associated fee. However, an individual hiding a letterbox on Forest Preserve District property must apply for a free letterboxing permit, which is available through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248.
  • Using provided clues, participants will find hidden boxes and discover new ways to appreciate the outdoors.
  • Clues for letterboxes within DuPage County forest preserves are posted at Letterboxing North America.
  • For additional information, e-mail geocache@dupageforest.org.

Orienteering Course

A permanently marked course is in northeast Waterfall Glen near the trailhead.

  • Learn how to navigate through the outdoors with a map and a compass.
  • Click here to download the beginner map.
  • Click here to download the beginner long map.
  • Click here to download the beginner map and a basic introduction to orienteering.
  • Click here to download the intermediate map.
  • Click here to download the advanced map.
  • Groups of 25 or more must have permits, which are free. Call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 at least three business days before your visit.  
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