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Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting activity using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Geocaching is allowed on DEC-managed lands as long as the caches are marked with the owner's contact information. Caches may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
See the February 2005 article (PDF) about geocaching in the Conservationist magazine.


Geocaching became popularized when civilian GPS signals were unscrambled by the Clinton Administration in May of 2000. Today, the allure of a modern day treasure hunt attracts thousands of first timers and enthusiasts alike while teaching important navigational skills. Today the caches come in all different shapes and sizes and include a log book to sign upon discovery.

Necessary Equipment

A set of GPS coordinates for a cache location and either a hand held GPS device or a GPS enabled cell phone. There are several apps that can be downloaded to make geocaching more fun and accessible for everyone.
Special Notes

In many geocaches, there are several small toys or trinkets and a "take one, leave one" policy. Sometimes there will be an item called a trackable, where participants will move the trackable from cache to cache and record its location. It's proper etiquette only to take a trackable if you are sure that you can put it in another cache in a timely fashion. Sometimes these trackables have goals such as moving to caches across the country or along coastlines. You can also follow these trackables online.

Lear more about geocaching including a listing of geocache locations near you. (This link leaves the DEC website.)

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