Last Updated: Jan 23rd, 2011 - 06:37:27
| Teaching Geography With Geocaching
By Joseph Kerski, Geographer USGS
Apr 1, 2006, 11:04 PST
Box 25046 - MS 507
Denver, CO 80225-0046 USA
Telephone 303 202-4315
GPS device and a hunger for adventure are all you need for high tech treasure
hunting. At www.geocaching.com,
you will find the latest treasures, or “caches,” in your area, how to hide
your own cache, and information on how to get started in this fun and exciting
sport. Geocaching is an
entertaining adventure game for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) users.
Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the
wonderful features and capability of GPS receivers.
Educators could hide geocaches with their students right on the school grounds!
and organizations have 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 take something from the
cache, they should try to leave something for the cache.
word “Geocaching” represents geo for geography, and caching for
the process of hiding a cache. A
cache is used in hiking, exploring,
and camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.
is all around us: Archaeologists
use GPS to mark dig sites and specific artifacts within them, historians use GPS
to map historic sites, military historians use GPS to mark troop movements on
battlefields, genealogists use GPS to mark gravesites and abandoned cemeteries,
cartographers use GPS for mapmaking, E-911 crews use GPS to find accidents and
residences, utilities personnel use GPS to map and plan gas and electric lines,
and thousands more applications exist.
What better way to have students conduct field investigations than by
using the same tool that these scientists, engineers, and other professionals
use everyday on the job?
As of January 2003, there
were 39,267 active caches in 159 countries.
From 8 to 15 January 2003, there
were 21,168 new logs written by 5,843 account holders.
learn about the following through Geocaching:
systems (latitude and longitude, and other coordinate systems such as UTM and
state plane), maps, and become familiar with the school grounds, local area, or
distances, triangulation, and direction.
Field Work—How to
work in the field and collect data.
Main site for
Using GPS for Math, Science & Social Studies Instruction:
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Rocky Mountain Mapping Center
© Copyright 2006 by Classbrain.com
Top of Page