Introduction to Geocaching
Images are either personal or taken from geocaching.com site unless otherwise noted…
• What is geocaching?
• How GPS works
• History of geocaching
• How to use geocaching.com
(emphasis unless no/slow internet)
• Popularity ~ Options ~ Etiquette
• Educational Possibilities
• Interesting stories
• Hands-on search…
What is Geocaching?
• Treasure hunt
• for kids…..
• and adults
News video clip from USA
How does GPS work?
Click on GPS
Ask me why I bought a GPS?
• Oregon gps user
• Container with gadgets & logbook
• Online local challenge
• Sign the logbook and…
• “Take some stuff, leave some stuff."
• Within three days two others had found
the bucket and geocaching was born.
• As word spread, others followed suit….
“If you hide it, they will find it.”
• Over time, a website was created to help
organize the new sport…
How does geocaching.com enable this?
• Geocaching.com serves as an online
database where “hiders” can tell others
where a cache has been hidden and
“finders” can look for new challenges.
• A large amount of information describing
cache locations, sizes, etc. is available by
logging on to this website.
Guess how many hidden in
a 50 mile radius of
(Crowne Plaza Postal Code)
How to use
Internet down or too slow??? Click here for backup slides….
When you return home, login to geocaching.com and record
your find online.
Ex: “Found your cache early this afternoon without
difficulty. Enjoyed the scenery but not the mosquitoes;-)
Took the City of Moncton pin and left a Keychain. TFTF
(Thanks for the find)
Other popular acronyms: FTF & TNLNSL
(First to Find)
(Took nothing, left nothing, saw lots)
Geocaching.com keeps a record of your results….
Then it‟s your turn to hide your own..
• Caches should not contain hazardous material
• Avoid environmentally sensitive areas
(ex: within days noticeable trail)
• Private property ~ need permission!
• Include “Stash note”
• Cache maintenance….water, animals, etc…
• Caches must be placed in approved locations
(ex: highway median/black box besides major bridge not good idea)
• Safe searching (include compass, spare batteries, survival gear,etc.)
How popular is it?
• Guess how many caches in New Brunswick?
• 3115 (March, 2007)
• Many geocachers plan trips around „caching.
• “Geofanatics” try to find as many as they can,
some even go to further lengths
Don‟t forget to click on puck!
http://www.geocaching.com/images/track/travelbugs.jpg Premium membership
Even more options…
• Hi-tech “Flat Stanley”
• Travel bugs with special goals
• Math ~ Distance, area, perimeter
• Outdoor Pursuits ~ Orienteering
• Geography ~ Obvious
• M/S Technology ~ Scott Parks (Albert St.)
• Science ~ Nature walks
• English ~ Journals
• Environmental Science ~ CITO
• Webquests (http://members.cox.net/inskeep/GeoQuest/introduction.htm#Introduction)
GPS Designs on Google Earth
Irving Nature Park
On to challenge……
• Connaught Elementary School
• CES1 (“Rocky”)
• CES2 (“Transformer”)
• Odell Park:
• #35-57 Q&A
Turn GPS on by holding power
button for a few seconds
• Give GPS time to acquire satellites
Change pages until you get to the
Main menu page
“Main Menu” page
Use joystick to select FIND
first time users.
If no luck with
Select the cache number you‟re looking for
Need to use
move up and
need to use
Then follow arrow
• Move leaves, plants, etc.
• Look up and down; try moving around.
• Faster you move, better for GPS
(don‟t need to run)
• Heavy foilage/bridges/buildings=poor
• Always a chance the cache has been