Introduction to Geocaching – Texas Parks and Wildilfe [Official]

Introduction to Geocaching – Texas Parks and Wildilfe [Official]


[boy] It’s this way! [dad] Let’s open it up
and see what’s in there. Did you know there’s hidden
treasure all over Texas just waiting to be found? There called geocaches
and they’re everywhere. Oh yay! [Chris] Hiding and finding
these caches is a game played by people
all over the world. [boy] It’s fun and it’s
sort of like a mystery like the Hardy Boys. It might be across the
street here. [Chris] It’s a fun way to
go exploring and a great activity
for families. You can geocache with a
GPS unit or a smart phone. Here’s how it works. Start by logging on
to geocaching.com and select the area
you’d like to explore. In this case, we’re going to geocache
in a nearby state park. Which one do we want
to go to find? [kids] That one.
[Chris] That one right there, yeah. Caches are ranked by difficulty. Start off with easy caches
until you get the hang of it. Now, download the
GPS coordinates. They’re called waypoints. We’ll be looking for a cache
30 degrees north of the equator and 97 degrees west of
the Prime Meridian. So you can also geocache
using a smart phone with a special app. Now comes the fun part! Since I’ve got all the
kids with me, we’re searching for a cache
that isn’t too far from the trailhead. We just follow the arrow. It’s this way, daddy! It’s important to keep
to the trail until you’re close
to the cache. [to kids] Stay on the trail. Our GPS has taken us to
about 10 feet of the cache. It’s up to us now
to find it. [boy] I found it! Coool! Alright, hold on. Now that we’ve found it,
we’ll collect our treasure, [boy] …a magnet… and leave something for
the next geocacher to find. Did we put all our
treasure in there? Don’t put my cell
phone in there! Charlie, can you sign
the log, too? And don’t forget to
sign the log book. An important rule of
geocaching is leave no trace. trampling all over
the area not only gives the sport
a bad reputation but it also gives away
the cache. It’s really important
now to put it back exactly the same place
that we found it. And then somebody
gets our treasure! Be sure to log your
visit online. That’s part of the fun. What did we drop off? [girl] A green doggy. [Chris, typing] A green doggy… Remember, there’s a special
permit you need to place your geocache
in a Texas state park. Hey look, I think we’re here. It says arriving at destination. [Chris] And I hope you give
geocaching a try. It’s a great activity for
all ages and you’ll even burn a few
calories while you’re at it. We have a Texas Geocache
Challenge that takes the game to a
whole new level. For help getting started, check out the geocache section of the Texas Parks and Wildlife
website.

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