Geocaching: Lets go on a Treasure Hunt
The sport where YOUare the search engine!Mary Beth Hengelbrokmarybeth.email@example.com@gmail.com
What is Geocaching?A high-tech treasure huntNeed a GPSSeek a cache based on latitude and longitude coordinates This is not just a teaching tool, its a lifetime activity.
GPSGlobal Positioning SystemApprox: $100-$500 Garmin and Magellanare the most popularCan download cacheinfo into the receiver if itis properly equippediPhonesGroundspeak App $10
How Does It Work? Using three satellites, you should be able to determine your exact position.
Some variables include:TreesBuildingsAtmospheric Interference, etc.
*A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet.
What am I looking for?
How do I find a cache? Build an account on www.geocaching.com
Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc. (I usually search by zip code--16506)
Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints!
Then what? Get as close to the location as you can.Insert the coordinates into the GPS. Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10 feet. Use your geosense to find the cache.
When you find the cache Sign the log book Trade itemsTake something, leave somethingLook for travel bugs and geocoinsBe sure to put the cache back in the same place you found it with the appropriate amount of camouflage.
GeocoinsCollectable and tradable items
Some lingo Muggles: Those who are not geocachers. You must be careful to be stealthy around them! TFTC: Thanks for the CacheTFTF: Thanks for the FindTNLN: Took Nothing Left Nothing
Survival Guide Take a bag that includesGPSFirst Aid kit/bug sprayPen/PencilSwag/Tradable itemsCompass
Educational BenefitsReading latitude and longitudeMap skillsUsing a compassCan add a research componentCross-curricular connectionsLetterboxing Hybrid
Educaching http://www.educaching.com/ Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD$32.00Also includes ideas for grant writing
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Other Information Discovery Education Geocaching Day May 30thPodcachersGeocaching List Serv (For teachers)
Want to find out more?www.geocaching.com : For all your geocaching needs
A site for beginners: http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm