What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a real-life, outdoor treasure hunt that uses GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s a great activity to get the whole family outdoors!
Geocaches are containers of various sizes containing, at minimum, a log sheet for finders to sign. Some also contain “swag” – trinkets or toys that the finder may take, while leaving something of equal or greater value in its place for the next geocacher to find. The containers are hidden and the GPS coordinates logged and entered on www.geocaching.com with a description of the cache and sometimes hints and clues to its whereabouts. Geocachers can look up cache locations and use a GPS device to find them, or they can use the smartphone app available from geocaching.com. The coordinates and the app will get you to the general vicinity of the cache, and then you must hunt to find it. Caches are usually camouflaged and are given a rating to show how difficult they are to find. Once a cache is found, the finder signs the log sheet, places it back in the container and returns the cache to its hiding place for the next geocacher to find.
More information about geocaching can be found at www.geocaching.com, including an interactive map at www.geocaching.com/map. You can also search for geocaches in your area at www.geocaching.com/seek.
CWC Preserves Geocaching:
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has discovered that there are geocaches
hidden on at least four of our preserves, and you can find their locations here:
Cassadaga Creek Preserve geocache - http://ow.ly/2807PM
Loomis Goose Creek Preserve geocache - http://ow.ly/jD5hH
Dobbins' Woods Preserve geocache - http://ow.ly/jD5pZ
Outlet Greenway Preserve geocache - http://ow.ly/jVMsc
Why not give geocaching a try? Bring the whole family out, and spend some time in the woods afterwards. Who knows what other treasure you might find!