Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another reason to visit the CMA

GSWA's Conservation Management Area has a geocache site called "Wear Your Boots"! Find its coordinates by answering a few questions about the CMA that are posted on The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site. To find the answers, take a visual tour of the CMA, and then put on your boots and head on over for the hunt!

So what is a geocache anyway?

A geocache is usually a small waterproof box (typically clear plastic tupperware) that includes a logbook, writing utensil, and some sort of toy trinket or object. The logbook is used to record information about people who have been to the cache. The original owner of the cache includes in the logbook their name, date placed and what object was in the box. Subsequent visitors to the geocache will exchange the trinket with something of equal or greater value and record their name, date and what they took from and placed in the cache. The geocache GPS coordinates are then posted online at or other geocaching sites for individuals to locate.

Want to add a geocache to the CMA?

Here are some recommendations for placing geocaches in the CMA:
  • A geocache needs to be put in a memorable location but placed in a way that cannot be found by accident or stumbled upon.
  • Because the CMA is land that GSWA protects and preserves for biodiversity and passive recreation, and we encourage "Leave No Trace" practices, the cache should be placed in a way where environmental impact is kept to a minimum.
  • Caches can include information about GSWA, what we do, and how people can support the organization.

What to bring to the CMA Geocache:

  • An up-to-date GPS locator
  • The coordinates of the cache
  • Boots and weather appropriate clothing
  • Pencil and paper
  • A fun state of mind

Happy hunting!

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