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  • 1. 1 Geocaching The Digital Treasure Hunt By Cheryl LeJune
  • 2. 2 What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS- enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
  • 3. What is Geocaching?
  • 4. 4 What is geocaching?  Low-impact outdoor activity for GPS users of all ages  GPS = Global Positioning System
  • 5. 5 Global Positioning System  GPS is a system of 32 satellites to calculate your position.  Satellites transmit their current position down to Earth via radio waves.
  • 6. 6 Global Positioning System
  • 7. 7 GPS receiver  Receives signals from GPS satellites.  Determines latitude and longitude of your current position on the Earth's surface.
  • 8. 8 GPS receivers
  • 9. 9 GPS receiver  Location can be displayed on a map background
  • 10. 10 GPS receiver  Display of distance, bearing and ETA to a selected waypoint
  • 11. 11 Other GPS receiver features  Determining satellite signal strength and margin of error  Marking waypoints (latitude and longitude coordinates)  Keeping a graphical track of your journey  Displaying street and topographical maps  Automatic route creation and traversal  Electronic compass  Barometric pressure altimeter
  • 12. 12 Uses for GPS receivers  Hiking and backpacking  Canoeing and marine navigation  Hunting and fishing  Bird watching  Search and rescue  Exercise progress tracking  Traveling via car, motorcycle, bicycle  Geocaching
  • 13. 13 What is geocaching?  Outdoor adventure game for GPS users of all ages.  The basic idea is to set up caches (hidden containers) and share the locations (latitude/longitude) of these caches on the internet.
  • 14. 14 What is geocaching?  GPS users can then use the coordinates to find the caches.  The visitor may take something from the cache, leave something, and/or sign the logbook.  The “find” is then logged onto the Internet website where statistics about found and hidden caches are maintained.
  • 15. 15 What’s the point?  It may sound simple, but many caches are well hidden.  Many require searching and experience to find.  Only a few geocaches are accidentally found by non- geocachers.
  • 16. 16 What’s the point?  Sometimes just getting to the cache area can be a big part of the adventure.  It's one thing to see the latitude and longitude plotted on a map, but it can be quite a task to figure out how to get from here to there.
  • 17. 17 What’s the point? Geocaching can be thought of in two parts:  The journey to reach the cache area.  The challenge of actually finding the cache container. Both can be equally rewarding.
  • 18. 18 Misconceptions about geocaching FACT: Geocaches are not allowed to be buried in the ground. “Geocaches are buried.”
  • 19. 19 Misconceptions about geocaching FACT: Geocaches are not litter or abandoned property. “Geocaches are litter or abandoned property.”
  • 20. 20 Misconceptions about geocaching  FACT: Geocaching foot traffic is similar to hiking, trail walking, or bird watching.  Most caches are placed near trails. “Geocaching will damage the land.”
  • 21. 21 How Did It Get Started?  On May 1, 2000, the GPS signal degradation called Select Availability (SA) was removed.  The change allowed GPS units owned by civilians to be more accurate – to within 20 feet or better.  On May 3rd, 2000 someone hid a cache in Oregon and posted the coordinates on the Internet. It became the first geocache.
  • 22. 22 How Did It Get Started?  Jeremy Irish, the owner of the website, expanded the idea and named it “Geocaching”.  Geocaching is now in all 50 states and more than 200 countries.  is by far the #1 website for geocachers.
  • 23. 23 Worldwide geocaches 2,377,807 active geocaches worldwide
  • 24. 24 U.S. geocaches
  • 25. 25 Northwest Houston Caches
  • 26. 26 Geocache containers  A weather-resistant container such as Tupperware, Rubbermaid, or surplus ammo box
  • 27. 28 What’s in a cache?  Logbook  Trinkets to trade  Examples: maps, books, software, hardware, CDs, videos, pictures, coins, tools, games, etc.  Information sheet that explains the container and geocaching, as well as contact information.  Disposable camera (optional)
  • 28. 29 What’s in a cache?
  • 29. 34 What are the rules? Cache contents  No food  No weapons (knives, ammunition, explosives)  No drugs or alcohol  No adult materials  No solicitations (business, religious, political)
  • 30. 35 Who enforces the rules?   Controls listing of geocaches worldwide on its website.  Caches are approved by volunteer reviewers.  Reviewers do not visit the geocache in person as part of the approval process.  Reviewers view the online description, coordinates, topo maps, proximity to other caches, compliance with known park rules.
  • 31. Cache In Trash Out 36 Cache In Trash Out (CITO) is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world. Through these volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources!
  • 32. Suggestions for a Day of Geocaching  What to wear?  Long sleeve shirt  Hat  Long pants  Sturdy walking/hiking shoes  Bug repellent  What to bring?  Water  Walking Stick  Snacks  Map  Cell Phone  GPS w/extra batteries or charger
  • 33. Geocaching – Texas State Parks!
  • 34. Let’s Go Geocaching!  001 – N 29° 54.785’ W 095° 41.576’  002 – N 29° 54.671’ W 095° 41.435’  003 - N 29° 54.602’ W 095° 41.363’ 39 A Little Birdie Told Me 0.1 mi All About Fish 0.1 mi More Power 0.25 mi