Intro to Geo-caching by Caledonia Conservancy

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 4819 4 Mile Rd Racine WI 53402  See map

     Come learn about the latest twist on GPSing called Geo-caching. Dave and Tamara Janowski, members of Caledonia Conservancy, will introduce you to Geo-caching which takes treasure hunting one step further by using GPS apps or GPS units to locate hidden treasures.  To learn more about Geo-caching, meet up with Dave and Tamara and other members of Caledonia Conservancy at Trout Ponds Prairie, one of Caledonia Conservancy’s preserved parcels that has ponds, woods, prairie with Root River running along the southern border of the parcel.  

     Geo-caching is really popular among families and nature lovers, as it is time well spent in a beautiful natural outdoor environment, while having a good time treasure hunting. The name of the game is a combination of "Geo" from geography and "Caching" from the action of hiding the cache (or treasure). The term cache is commonly used among hikers to refer to a hidden treasure.

     Anyone armed with a GPS unit and a sense of adventure can play. Caledonia Conservancy is a non-profit land trust organization and has several public access parcels of conserved land that contain beautiful trails for hiking, nature walkers, horse back riding, and in the winter some parcels are groomed for cross country skiing. 

Geo-caching centralizes on three simple rules:

  1. Find the cache and claim the prize.
  2. Leave another cache prize behind
  3. Record the discovery in the log book.

What’s in the cache?

     The actual items placed in the cache are entirely up to the person responsible for hiding the cache. Items can range from something as simple as a log book that each person that finds the cache can contribute to. More generous caches could contain books, CDs or other desirable items.

     The items left in the cache are completely up to each person, although common sense and decency dictate that perishable, dangerous of offensive items be omitted. Items are placed in a water-tight container along with a log book and pen to creating a running record of cache-finders. 

      Please join Dave and Tamara and Caledonia Conservancy members to learn more about Geo-caching on Saturday, June 16 at Trout Ponds Prairie.  Park at entrance to Trout Ponds Prairie parking lot on the southwest corner of the Hwy. 31 & 4 Mile Rd. intersection.  Bring the family for a fun time!   Questions?  Call Caledonia Conservancy at 262-498-4993

Jimmy Neutron June 13, 2012 at 02:04 PM
This something I have been thinking about doing with my son and never really knew where to start. Do you have any recommendations for GPS units or Apps?
Susan June 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This is information that you can get at our class this coming Saturday. The people who are giving the class are geo-cachers themselves and they will have some information handouts regarding your questions. Hope you can make it!


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