What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.
What is a GPS device?
A GPS unit is a electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in Latitude and Longitude. You can use the unit to navigate from your current location to another location. Some units have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, and voice navigation, depending on the complexity of the device.
You don't need to know all the technical mumbo- jumbo about GPS units to play Geocaching. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a "waypoint" where the geocache is hidden.
For more information about the sport of geocaching visit www.geocaching.com.
Geocaching in The Colony
The Colony Parks and Recreation Department supports the sport of geocaching, using a GPS unit and the World Wide Web to place and locate a "cache" in your park system. We believe that geocaching will increase the public's exposure to the parks and historical sites within the City of The Colony. We also encourage the practice of "Cache in, Trash out" - helping to clean up the parks one cache at a time by bringing a trash bag and doing a little park cleanup while hunting for or placing a geocache.
There is always the possibility for geocaching to cause problems. People could place caches in dangerous or sensitive locations, bury them, or hunt them during times when parks are closed to the public. To avoid problems, The Colony has created the following geocaching guidelines:
We ask that you post information about park curfews on the cache description. It is very tempting to break the rules "just this once" if unaware of park restrictions when hunting that cache.
- Use common sense. Don't hide a cache in an area that will present a danger to others who might be looking for it or to park visitors who are unaware of the sport. This includes, but is not limited to, activities such as burying a cache, leaving a cache at the edge of a cliff or up in a tree. We want everyone who uses the parks to have a safe, informative, and pleasant visit.
- Stay on the trails, when available. The trails are there to provide access to sensitive areas, but limit the impact of visitors on those areas.
- Be sure to stress the importance of staying on the marked trails.
- No dangerous objects or substances may be cached in the parks. The definition of dangerous objects or substances is at the discretion of the Community Services Director.
- The Colony Parks & Recreation Department reserves the right to confiscate any geocache found on park property, for any reason.
- Of course, the rules that apply to all other park visitors apply to geocachers.
Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your parks and the sport of geocaching!