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					Introduction to Geocaching
                     Thursday,
                    November 1st,
                        2007
                     Connaught


                 By:
          Carmel Desjardins
     Images are either personal or taken from geocaching.com site unless otherwise noted…
                    Agenda
•   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
•   Questions
•   Hands-on search…
                                     What is Geocaching?
         • Treasure hunt
         • for kids…..
         • and adults




http://www.atlanticgeocaching.com/
          News video clip from USA
                     or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flsZVs4l3gU
                                   How does GPS work?




   Click on GPS
                                                                                  Ask me why I bought a GPS?
http://img.geocaching.com/benchmark/lg/a5887ff5-37e8-44b4-bb7b-9fc9bc8acfd6.jpg           http://www.uwec.edu/jolhm/Past_Classes/1998/491Class/Nov2-3/geography_4912.htm
                History of…
• Oregon gps user
• Container with gadgets & logbook
• Online local challenge




• Sign the logbook and…
• “Take some stuff, leave some stuff."
               History of…
• 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…

           GEOCACHING.COM
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
          E3B 5A6
 (Crowne Plaza Postal Code)
         GUESS!!!!
        N **°**.***
        W***°**.***
782!
                  How to use

      Geocaching.com



                   E3B 5A6
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….
 L
  I
 N
 K
Then it‟s your turn to hide your own..




                               http://members.shaw.ca/fca/cn/cn05.jpg
       Caching “etiquette”




 Re-hide
  better
than you
 found it
                                          Caching Responsibility
• Caches should not contain hazardous material
         (including food).
• 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.)

http://walkergarbage.com/hazardous.html
            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
Nova Scotia…
                                                            Options:
                                                              Travelbugs




                                                            Multicache
                                                                             Don‟t forget to click on puck!


http://www.geocaching.com/images/track/travelbugs.jpg   Premium membership
        Even more options…



Event Cache


               Nightcache
                                              Geocoin




               http://www.nightcaching.org/
       Educational Geocaching
•   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)
                                                               •    http://riroads.com/images/flatstanley.jpg
 GPS Designs on Google Earth
• Triangle
• Carm
• Stickman
               Interesting stories….
Irving Nature Park

                           Ultimate cache?




                              Firefighter Bert
  Questions?

 IDEAS?????

On to challenge……
      Your Task…
            • FIND
• Connaught Elementary School
         • Waypoints:
      • CES1 (“Rocky”)
   • CES2 (“Transformer”)
              OR
         • Odell Park:
         • Odelllower
          • Microodell
        • #35-57 Q&A
Turn GPS on by holding power
   button for a few seconds
Wait patiently…
• Give GPS time to acquire satellites
Change pages until you get to the
       Main menu page
“Main Menu” page
  Use joystick to select FIND



    Warning!
   Joystick is
  difficult for
first time users.
Waypoints
Nearest
              HINT:
          If no luck with
           “nearest” try
            “By Name””
  Select the cache number you‟re looking for



Need to use
Joystick to
move up and
   down
 and select
  waypoint
              Then “Goto”
  Again,
need to use
joystick to
   move
around and
  select.
Then follow arrow
             Reminders:
• 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
  reception
• Always a chance the cache has been
  moved/removed.

				
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