Geocaching is a fun outdoor activity for the whole family in which
the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to
hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere
in the world. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries
around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.
A typical geocache is a small waterproof container (usually a clear
tupperware) containing a logbook and pen or pencil. They are NEVER
buried. Larger containers can also contain items for trading,
usually toys or trinkets of little value. Also common are objects
that are moved from cache to cache called "hitchhikers", such as
Travel Bugs, Geocoins, or Pathtags whose travels may also be
individually logged and followed online. Dangerous or illegal items,
weapons, etc. are not allowed and are specifically against the rules
of geocache listing sites. Geocaching is most often described as a
"game of high-tech hide and seek", sharing many aspects with
orienteering, letterboxing, and way marking. All you need to
participate is the handheld GPS receiver and computer. There are
several websites devoted to geocaching and access to these resources
is free! You can find easy links to some of these websites below.
Geocaching's primary purpose is to have fun and enjoy nature so
"leave no trace" and minimizing the impact to the environment are
common practices of geocachers.
St. Mary's is pleased to
offer geocaching as a recreational activity within our park system.
Please remember to follow all park regulations and posted hours of
operation. If hiding a geocache in a county park, please refer to
guidelines for hiding a geocache R&P Guidelines for Hiding a
Cache and the application form provided
R&P Cache Application Form.
Easy Steps to Geocaching
• Register for a free membership.
• Click “Hide & Seek a Cache.”
• Enter your postal code and click
• Choose any geocache from the list and click on its
• Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS
• Use your GPS devise to assist you in finding the hidden
• Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its
• Share your geocaching stories and photos
Links of Interest