What is GeoCaching? The word geocache [GEE-oh-cash] comes from two words. The first is the prefix GEO, meaning "Earth". The second is CACHE which is a safe place for hiding or storing something. It can also be the thing which is hidden. 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. 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.
Video: W is GeoCaching? hat What is GeoCaching (1:52) http://youtu.be/-4VFeYZTTYs
W do you need? hat Tools: Coordinates from GeoCache website GPS Receiver (or cell phone app) Compass Optional: Food Water Cache supplies
GeoCache Containers• Usually a weather-resistant container such as Tupperware, Rubbermaid, or surplus ammo box. NO GLASS!W hat’s in it?• Logbook• Trinkets to trade• Ex: 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 (o p tio na l)
Video: Intro. to GeoCaching Intro to GeoCaching (5:25)http://youtu.be/rQJ2tn-JW-c
What’s the point? Geocaching can be thought of in three parts: The journey to reach the cache area. The challenge of actually finding the cache container. The fun of creating and interesting or clever geocache for others to find. Both can be equally rewarding.
On my website – extra credit… GeoCaching - Exploring the Santa Monica Mountains Go to: http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/gpsactivities.htm You will need to create a GeoCache Account (its free) When hiking, follow all rules and regulations of the NPS & make sure you have your parents permission **You will need a GPS or an app for GPS on a smart phone (if you have an I-phone - download the "location" app, it is free To get credit: Do the hike & take pictures for proof When finished, Take the quiz on website above & print out certificate