What do I need to visit an EarthCache site?
How do I find my first EarthCache?
Once you have your GPS unit and have practiced entering latitude and longitude coordinates, just go to the EarthCache listings. Here all the EarthCache sites are listed in a table. You can sort these by country, state, name, etc. When you find one in the area you want to visit, click on its name and you will go to the page for that EarthCache site. You may have to log in to see the latitude and longitude details (use your log in name and password that you organized before).
Print out that page. It will have all the important information that you can use to find the EarthCache site. Some EarthCache sites have additional 'clues' which you need to decrypt to read! You should read all the information on this page so you know exactly what you need to do to fully experience the EarthCache site.
Enter the latitude and longitude for the EarthCache site into your GPS. Then select set your GPS to find (GOTO) that location. Your GPS will be able to tell you how far away and in what direction you have to travel to find the EarthCache site.
Your GPS should be able to place you within 20 feet of the EarthCache site. In almost all cases, this is close enough for you to learn about some amazing aspect of the Earth at that place.
Now I have found my EarthCache site, what do I do?
When you get back to your computer, go back to the listing for that EarthCache site and click on the button to "log your visit." Here you can submit answers to the educational logging tasks, write comments, perhaps rate your experience, and, if you like (optionally), upload a photo that you have taken. (Photos are not required.)
Your statistics for EarthCache sites that you have visited, as well as other cache types, can be found on your own account pages at geocaching.com.
What if I have been to more than three EarthCache sites?
If you have visited three or more EarthCache sites, why not see if you are eligible to be rewarded with an EarthCache Master level. Visit the EarthCache Masters page for more details.
Can I develop my own EarthCache site?
Yes you can. It's not too difficult. You need to find a unique location that you can use to teach others about the wonders of our Earth. You will need to follow the EarthCache Guidelines, including getting permission from any land manager/owner.
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