Who are we?
EarthCache is a program of The Geological Society of America (GSA) in partnership with Geocaching.com and other partners around the world.
About GSA: Established in 1888, GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. GSA's growing membership unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet and share scientific findings.
The key person in the EarthCache program is Matt Dawson (caching name: geoawareHQ), and he has wonderful dedicated team of "Geoaware" volunteers around the globe who work with cache developers to continue to grow the list of published EarthCache sites.
A little history ...
In 2003 at a GSA conference, a GSA members suggested that the Society become involved in geocaching. A meeting was then held with Geocaching.com along with some land manager partners, such as the US National Park Service to consider a program that would meet land manager issues as well as develop a way to teach the geocaching community something about Earth science. Based on those discussions, a set of basic guidelines were developed which form the core of the current EarthCache publishing guidelines.
The first EarthCache ("EarthCache I" [GCHFT2])was placed by user "geoaware" on 10 Jan. 2004 on a headland in New South Wales, Australia.Within the first year, more than 500 EarthCaches were published, and the there are now well over 20,500 sites in more than 167 countries (as of 1 Mar. 2016).Since the program started, more than 6.3 million people have logged that they have visited EarthCache sites, and the number is growing exponentially.
GSA is very proud to be part of the exciting geocaching community and hope we can continue to add value and wonderful Earth science experiences through the EarthCache program.
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