GEOCACHING in Your Community         Presented by        Peter Muir aka PMuir
Who Am I?• Resident of Green Lane, PA• Business Owner of a Marketing  Education Company• Avid geocacher and passionate tea...
What is GPS?• Global Positioning System (GPS)• Navigation system that can pinpoint a  location anywhere on earth• 24+ sate...
GPS Units• Electronic determines your  approximate location  (within 6-20 feet) on the planet• Coordinates given in Latitu...
What is Geocaching?• Outdoor adventure game for GPS  users of all ages• Basic idea is to set up caches (hidden  containers...
Why Geocache?• Think of it in two parts    1. The journey to reach the cache    2. The challenge of actually finding      ...
Who Geocahes?• Over 5,000,000 geocachers worldwide• Most are 45+• Many families and couples  cache together• Each geocache...
Where to findgeocaches?• Right outside your door!• On every continent from Antarctica to  North America• Under the sea and...
When can youGeocache?• Most geocaches are available  year round• Some at night depending on  permissionWho hides Geocaches...
What are basic rulesof Geocaching?1. Practice Leave No Trace guidelines,   respect the people and property   along the way...
How do Geocachersgive back?• Respect the environment• Practice Leave No Trace and Cache in  Trash Out principles• Even hos...
Township Considerations• Cache’s aren’t buried, nor trash and  foot traffic similar to trail walking• A small number of ca...
Easy Steps to Geocaching1. Register for a free basic membership    at www.geocaching.com2. Click “Hide & Seek a Cache”3. E...
Geocaching Slang and Jargon•   GZ (Ground Zero): Location when GPS notifies you    that you have arrived at the coordinate...
Geocaching for Townships
Geocaching for Townships
Geocaching for Townships
Geocaching for Townships
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Had the opportunity to present locally to a township that does not allow geocaching. Have to admit with the research I did I could argue both sides for and against geocaching. How will you and your local government work together to educate, entertain and respect the world around us through Geocaching?

Special thanks to Groundspeak and all they do to inform, enable and educate!

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Geocaching for Townships

  1. 1. GEOCACHING in Your Community Presented by Peter Muir aka PMuir
  2. 2. Who Am I?• Resident of Green Lane, PA• Business Owner of a Marketing Education Company• Avid geocacher and passionate teacher• Someone interested in shaping the world around me and willing to do some work to get it done!Why I’m Here?• Provide a brief overview of geocaching• Describe the geocaching community of those who place and find geocaches• Discuss rules and who enforces them• Make 4 suggestions on what Towamencin Township can do about geocaching
  3. 3. What is GPS?• Global Positioning System (GPS)• Navigation system that can pinpoint a location anywhere on earth• 24+ satellites that circle the earth twice a day and the ground stations that monitor them• Invented by the Department of Defense and Ivan Getting• Primarily created for navigation and gaining in use as a timing system• May 2, 2000 selective availability allowed the accuracy of GPSr to improve tenfoldhttp://inventors.about.com/od/gstartinventions/a/gps.htm
  4. 4. GPS Units• Electronic determines your approximate location (within 6-20 feet) on the planet• Coordinates given in Latitude and Longitude• Some GPS units have their own maps, built in electronic compass, voice navigation and more• Each GPS receiver has a computer that receives signals broadcast from GPS satellites• A receiver needs to read signals from at least three satellites at time to calculate its general location by a process called trilateration• Signals from four or more satellites can give a more accurate location including altitude• Smart phones with GPSr built in make geocaching possible using them
  5. 5. What is Geocaching?• Outdoor adventure game for GPS users of all ages• Basic idea is to set up caches (hidden containers) and share the locations (latitude and longitude) of the caches on the internet• GPS users use the coordinates to get close to the cache• The last part is often the hardest and most enjoyable…finding where the geocache is hidden• Once found a user may take/leave something and sign the log• And then they record their “find” and experiences on the internet too
  6. 6. Why Geocache?• Think of it in two parts 1. The journey to reach the cache 2. The challenge of actually finding the container• Sounds simple, but many caches are well hidden…many enjoy the challenge• Great way to explore near and far• Brings family and friends together• Makes other outdoor activities more enjoyable• Sometimes just getting to the cache can be a big part of the adventure• Improves physical and mental health• Draws new people to a particular location
  7. 7. Who Geocahes?• Over 5,000,000 geocachers worldwide• Most are 45+• Many families and couples cache together• Each geocache has a difficulty (1-5) and terrain rating (1-5) allowing geocachers to find suitable caches for their ability
  8. 8. Where to findgeocaches?• Right outside your door!• On every continent from Antarctica to North America• Under the sea and in space too!• 1,363,322 geocaches in the world! (as of 5:23 p.m. 4/27)
  9. 9. When can youGeocache?• Most geocaches are available year round• Some at night depending on permissionWho hides Geocaches?• Other geocachers• Anyone can hide a geocache after reviewing the Cache Listing Requirements and Guidelines• Have obtained permission from the land owner or land manager• Have your geocache approved by volunteer reviewers• It’s suggested you find 100 first so you know what makes a respectful, safe and great hide
  10. 10. What are basic rulesof Geocaching?1. Practice Leave No Trace guidelines, respect the people and property along the way2. If you take something from a cache, leave something of equal or greater value3. Log your find in the cache logbook4. Write about your experience on www.Geocaching.comSome guidelines forplacing Geocaches?• Seek permission• Never bury• Do not deface or destroy• No school properties or military bases• At least .1 mile (528 feet) apart• Appropriate location and container• No food, fire or sharp items in cache• Label your geocache• No caches in US National Parks
  11. 11. How do Geocachersgive back?• Respect the environment• Practice Leave No Trace and Cache in Trash Out principles• Even host CITO events• Help other geocachers maintain their caches• Educate other geocachers and the community at large
  12. 12. Township Considerations• Cache’s aren’t buried, nor trash and foot traffic similar to trail walking• A small number of caches have caused problems to private property owners or local governments• Education of caching community and non-players is key• Weigh potential issues vs. the ongoing growth of the sport• Learn more about the benefits to the communityChoices for Geocachingin Towamencin1. Status quo continuing to learn and understand2. Allow geaocaching with no official policy3. Develop an official policy for placement and share via the web4. Develop a formal review and permitting process
  13. 13. Easy Steps to Geocaching1. Register for a free basic membership at www.geocaching.com2. Click “Hide & Seek a Cache”3. Enter your postal code and click “search”4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name5. Research the cache (description, rating, recent logs)6. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS receiver7. Use your GPS device to assist you in getting close to the geocache8. Once at the location rely more on your senses than the technology9. Sign the logbook and return the cache to its original location10. Share your stories and photos on line
  14. 14. Geocaching Slang and Jargon• GZ (Ground Zero): Location when GPS notifies you that you have arrived at the coordinates.• TFTC (Thanks For The Cache)• TFTH (Thanks For The Hunt)• TNLNSL (Took Nothing Left Nothing Signed Log)• FTF (First To Find): First to find a new cache• GPSr (Global Positioning System Receiver)• DNF (Did Not Find)• BYOP (Bring Your Own Pen)• C&D (Cache and Dash)• PNG (Park and Grab)• TB (Travel Bug)• CO (Cache Owner)• PI (Poision Ivy)• Muggle: non-geocacher who accidentally finds a cache or is in the area when youre searching for a cache• SWAG: Trade items that are swapped• Waypoint: reference point for a physical location on Earth referenced by coordinates• Bison Tube: Small, cylindrical, water tight container used for micro caches.• Nano: smallest cache container, about the size of a blueberry• TPTB (The Powers That Be): Those who run Geocaching.com• Reviewer: Local volunteer who validates a cache submission

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