An Introduction to Geocaching in Northern New Jersey Assembled by  NNJC Public Relations
Welcome to Geocaching in Northern New Jersey <ul><li>A  GREAT  Way To: </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the outdoors </li></ul><u...
What You Will Learn In This Presentation <ul><li>What is Geocaching? </li></ul><ul><li>How to play the game </li></ul><ul>...
What is Geocaching?
How It Started <ul><li>The idea was born in May 2000, within a week of the Clinton administration’s decision to stop scram...
What is Geocaching? <ul><li>Geocaching is essentially a high-tech treasure hunt. </li></ul><ul><li>Players hide their “tre...
How To Play The Game
Getting Started To get started, simply visit one of the geocaching websites such as  geocaching.com  or  navicache.com .
Getting Started A search by zip code will produce a list of caches. This list will identify the cache name, what type of c...
The Cache Description
What Am I Looking For? Cache containers come in all shapes and sizes to fit their location and blend well into natural sur...
What do I do when I find one? <ul><li>Congratulate yourself!  </li></ul><ul><li>You found it! </li></ul><ul><li>Take somet...
What’s in a Geocache? <ul><li>A visitor’s logbook and pencil </li></ul><ul><li>A “welcome” note </li></ul><ul><li>Prizes f...
Basic Rules of Geocaching <ul><li>Anything placed in a cache must be safe and family-friendly. </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol a...
Geocaching and the Environment In 2004, geocachers around the world organized 160 clean up events in 10 countries and 41 S...
Understanding Your GPS
Top Things a GPS Can Do <ul><li>Tell you where you are  –  Your GPS can tell you exactly where you are on the face of the ...
What Is A GPS? <ul><li>A GPS (Global Positioning system) unit is an electronic device that can determine your approximate ...
Global Positioning System (GPS) <ul><li>GPS is based on a constellation of 24 solar-powered orbital satellites about 12,00...
How Does It Work?? <ul><li>OK, let’s say you don’t know where you are but a passerby tells you that you’re 238 miles from ...
How Does It Work?? <ul><li>Now another passerby stops and tells you you’re 340 miles from Chicago. </li></ul><ul><li>So no...
How Does It Work?? <ul><li>Finally, someone stops and tells you that you’re 157 miles from Indianapolis. </li></ul><ul><li...
Basic GPS Features The eTrex Summit Source:  Michael A Gallagher
Basic GPS Features The Power Button <ul><li>Press the power button and hold for 1 second to turn it on. </li></ul><ul><li>...
Basic GPS Features The Satellite Page <ul><li>After powering it up, the unit will attempt to ‘lock’ onto the satellites. <...
Basic GPS Features Mark A Waypoint <ul><li>Use the Up/Down buttons to move to the various fields.  Then press Enter when y...
Basic GPS Features Review Waypoint / GoTo <ul><li>To locate a previously stored waypoint, use the Page button to get to th...
Basic GPS Features Review Waypoint / GoTo <ul><li>Then, using the Up/Down buttons, move down to the desired Waypoint Group...
Basic GPS Features Review Waypoint / GoTo <ul><li>Now you can either use the selected waypoint or you can edit it. </li></...
Basic GPS Features The Compass / Pointer Page <ul><li>The GPS unit now displays the basic Pointer Page </li></ul><ul><li>T...
I’m Lost!!! <ul><li>If you get lost, don’t forget that you marked (or should have marked) your location when you started. ...
Top Things That Surprise or Confuse New GPS Owners <ul><li>Man, does this thing eat batteries  –  What cool electronic gad...
Geocaching in Northern New Jersey
Novel New Jersey <ul><li>The caching community in northern New Jersey is one of the tightest in the country. </li></ul><ul...
New Jersey Wilderness <ul><li>Hard to imagine, being so close to one of the largest cities in the world, that northern New...
Mind Our Natives <ul><li>Northern New Jersey is home to an amazing collection of wildlife. </li></ul><ul><li>Bears, bobcat...
That’s It LET’S GO CACHING!
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Introduction To NNJC Geocaching v2

  1. 1. An Introduction to Geocaching in Northern New Jersey Assembled by NNJC Public Relations
  2. 2. Welcome to Geocaching in Northern New Jersey <ul><li>A GREAT Way To: </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the outdoors </li></ul><ul><li>Get some exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Make new friends </li></ul><ul><li>See places you never </li></ul><ul><li>knew existed </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfy your sense of </li></ul><ul><li>adventure </li></ul><ul><li>Play with cool high- </li></ul><ul><li>tech gadgets </li></ul>
  3. 3. What You Will Learn In This Presentation <ul><li>What is Geocaching? </li></ul><ul><li>How to play the game </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding your GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching in Northern New Jersey </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Geocaching?
  5. 5. How It Started <ul><li>The idea was born in May 2000, within a week of the Clinton administration’s decision to stop scrambling the signal coordinates beamed to global positioning system (GPS) receivers from an orbiting network of satellites. </li></ul><ul><li>Suddenly, GPS users could pinpoint their exact location on the planet to within 25 feet versus the 330 feet that had previously been possible. </li></ul><ul><li>The increased accuracy spawned geocaching – a global goodwill game of hide and seek. </li></ul><ul><li>On May 3, someone hid a “cache” in Oregon. It was visited twice within 3 days. </li></ul>Source: Sierra Club
  6. 6. What is Geocaching? <ul><li>Geocaching is essentially a high-tech treasure hunt. </li></ul><ul><li>Players hide their “treasure” somewhere out in the world and post the longitude and latitude coordinates on a geocaching website. </li></ul><ul><li>You load these coordinates into your GPS and use them to lead you to the hide location. </li></ul><ul><li>“ GEO” refers to places on earth. </li></ul><ul><li>“ CACHING” is to find a hidden treasure </li></ul>
  7. 7. How To Play The Game
  8. 8. Getting Started To get started, simply visit one of the geocaching websites such as geocaching.com or navicache.com .
  9. 9. Getting Started A search by zip code will produce a list of caches. This list will identify the cache name, what type of cache is hidden and the degree of difficulty.
  10. 10. The Cache Description
  11. 11. What Am I Looking For? Cache containers come in all shapes and sizes to fit their location and blend well into natural surroundings. Typically, it is a weatherproof and nature-proof container.
  12. 12. What do I do when I find one? <ul><li>Congratulate yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>You found it! </li></ul><ul><li>Take something from the cache </li></ul><ul><li>Leave something in the cache </li></ul><ul><li>Write a note about your adventure finding it in the logbook </li></ul><ul><li>Replace the cache to the hiding spot just as you found it </li></ul>
  13. 13. What’s in a Geocache? <ul><li>A visitor’s logbook and pencil </li></ul><ul><li>A “welcome” note </li></ul><ul><li>Prizes for everyone! </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re lucky, you might find: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel bugs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geocoins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geotokens </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Basic Rules of Geocaching <ul><li>Anything placed in a cache must be safe and family-friendly. </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol and fireworks are prohibited </li></ul><ul><li>Food is strongly discouraged since it could spoil or attract animals </li></ul><ul><li>Caches cannot be placed in national parks or forests </li></ul><ul><li>Caches cannot be placed on private land without the owners permission </li></ul><ul><li>Caches cannot be buried. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Geocaching and the Environment In 2004, geocachers around the world organized 160 clean up events in 10 countries and 41 States. The events have been such a huge success that geocachers are committed to carrying on the tradition. <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Actively promote Cache In Trash Out as natural part of geocaching </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in the maintenance of parks and trail systems </li></ul><ul><li>Increase public awareness of geocaching </li></ul>
  16. 16. Understanding Your GPS
  17. 17. Top Things a GPS Can Do <ul><li>Tell you where you are – Your GPS can tell you exactly where you are on the face of the planet within a few feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell you where to go next – You can load your destination coordinates and your GPS will tell you which way to go to get there. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell you where you have been – This is called “tracking” and a process of recording “waypoints”. </li></ul><ul><li>Enable you to go GEOCACHING! </li></ul><ul><li>But that’s not all…most GPS can also: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tell you how far you are from you destination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calculate how fast you are walking (or driving) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Record how far you have travelled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Display your altitude </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Store detailed maps </li></ul></ul></ul>Source: The GPS Primer
  18. 18. What Is A GPS? <ul><li>A GPS (Global Positioning system) unit is an electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within 6-25 feet) almost anywhere on the planet. </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  19. 19. Global Positioning System (GPS) <ul><li>GPS is based on a constellation of 24 solar-powered orbital satellites about 12,000 miles above the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>A GPS receiver on the ground seeks tracking signals from at least three satellites, then extrapolates the data to establish latitude and longitude. </li></ul>Source: Department of Defense, IGEB, Smithsonian Institute, Garmin WHAT???
  20. 20. How Does It Work?? <ul><li>OK, let’s say you don’t know where you are but a passerby tells you that you’re 238 miles from Cleveland. </li></ul><ul><li>That puts you anywhere on the perimeter of the circle around Cleveland. </li></ul>Cleveland Source: Geocaching.com
  21. 21. How Does It Work?? <ul><li>Now another passerby stops and tells you you’re 340 miles from Chicago. </li></ul><ul><li>So not only are you on the circle around Cleveland but around Chicago too. </li></ul><ul><li>There are now only two possible locations. </li></ul>Cleveland Source: Geocaching.com Chicago
  22. 22. How Does It Work?? <ul><li>Finally, someone stops and tells you that you’re 157 miles from Indianapolis. </li></ul><ul><li>You now know exactly where you are! </li></ul>Cleveland Source: Geocaching.com Chicago Indianapolis
  23. 23. Basic GPS Features The eTrex Summit Source: Michael A Gallagher
  24. 24. Basic GPS Features The Power Button <ul><li>Press the power button and hold for 1 second to turn it on. </li></ul><ul><li>Press again to turn the backlight on </li></ul><ul><li>Press again to turn the backlight off </li></ul><ul><li>Press and hold to turn the unit off </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  25. 25. Basic GPS Features The Satellite Page <ul><li>After powering it up, the unit will attempt to ‘lock’ onto the satellites. </li></ul><ul><li>You must be outdoors with a clear view of the sky to get a signal. </li></ul><ul><li>Once locked on, you’re ready to navigate! </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  26. 26. Basic GPS Features Mark A Waypoint <ul><li>Use the Up/Down buttons to move to the various fields. Then press Enter when you’re at the OK field. </li></ul><ul><li>The first thing you want to do is to mark your starting location. </li></ul><ul><li>Press and hold the Enter button till the Mark Waypoint window appears. </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  27. 27. Basic GPS Features Review Waypoint / GoTo <ul><li>To locate a previously stored waypoint, use the Page button to get to the Menu page. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Up/Down buttons to move down to the Waypoints category and press Enter. </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  28. 28. Basic GPS Features Review Waypoint / GoTo <ul><li>Then, using the Up/Down buttons, move down to the desired Waypoint Group and press Enter. </li></ul><ul><li>Now move down to the desired Waypoint and press Enter. </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  29. 29. Basic GPS Features Review Waypoint / GoTo <ul><li>Now you can either use the selected waypoint or you can edit it. </li></ul><ul><li>To go to the waypoint, move down to the GOTO selection and press Enter. </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  30. 30. Basic GPS Features The Compass / Pointer Page <ul><li>The GPS unit now displays the basic Pointer Page </li></ul><ul><li>This page is used to navigate to the chosen waypoint by following the pointer arrow. </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  31. 31. I’m Lost!!! <ul><li>If you get lost, don’t forget that you marked (or should have marked) your location when you started. </li></ul><ul><li>Search for the Waypoint you marked, select GOTO, and head back to civilization! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to take extra batteries with you! </li></ul>Source: Michael A Gallagher
  32. 32. Top Things That Surprise or Confuse New GPS Owners <ul><li>Man, does this thing eat batteries – What cool electronic gadget doesn’t? Just be prepared.. </li></ul><ul><li>If I stand still, it doesn’t seem to work right – For most GPS receivers, you must be moving to get the navigation features to work.. </li></ul><ul><li>So many menu options, so little time! – To make sense of the GPS you own or are thinking of buying, you will have to spend some time reviewing it’s essential information and capabilities. </li></ul>Source: The GPS Primer
  33. 33. Geocaching in Northern New Jersey
  34. 34. Novel New Jersey <ul><li>The caching community in northern New Jersey is one of the tightest in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>We enjoy the challenges and creativity of our fellow cachers as well as some healthy ribbing and good humor. </li></ul><ul><li>Our cache hides will take you to spectacular and unique locations you likely could not find on your own. </li></ul>
  35. 35. New Jersey Wilderness <ul><li>Hard to imagine, being so close to one of the largest cities in the world, that northern New Jersey has such great wildness. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t underestimate how dense and vast some of our areas can be. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to mark your starting location on your GPS. </li></ul><ul><li>Always bring an extra set of batteries, basic first aid, a cell phone, a flashlight and plenty of drinking water. </li></ul><ul><li>Always let someone know where you are going. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Mind Our Natives <ul><li>Northern New Jersey is home to an amazing collection of wildlife. </li></ul><ul><li>Bears, bobcats, coyote and poisonous snakes all call this area home. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to behave if you have an encounter and it will be a rare and memorable event. </li></ul>
  37. 37. That’s It LET’S GO CACHING!
  38. 38. An Introduction to Geocaching in Northern New Jersey Assembled by NNJC Public Relations

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