McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)

Geocaching

 

 

 

Geocaching is a high-tech “treasure hunting” game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS device.  The general idea is to locate hidden containers called geocaches or simply caches.  Once you find it, take a trinket and leave one of your own behind for the next person.  Share your experiences through geoaching.com

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Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoTour

Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoTour
Geocaching.com logo

The 2014 program will be a little different.

The McHenry County Conservation District is launching an official GeoTour thru geocaching.com.

The launch date is August 1st at noon.

The goal is to highlight the BEST spots throughout
the McHenry County Conservation District.

Some of the District's current Earthcaches are already located in ideal spots so a few will be caches that already exist but there are many new ones as well.

 

To participate in our program and earn a special District geo-coin,follow these simple steps:

1) Download a McHenry Conservation District Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoTour Passport

2) Go to geocaching.com and create a login (it's free for basic membership!) and find the coordinates/info for the program under the GeoTours section.

3) Start your search and locate a cache using a hand-held GPS unit or GPS app. Our containers are clear plastic containers and will have official District labels and info cards.

4) When you find a cache, log your name on the logbook inside. Write the answer to the question in your passport. (Information and your question is located on the cache's page on geocaching.com) Exceptions are the Earthcaches - there are no log books at Earthcaches - and the two smaller sized caches.

Geocacher Finds a Travel Bug
A geocacher proudly displays a found travel bug.


***If you have already found the 4 pre-existing Earthcaches you do not need to find them again! If you remember the answers, use those. If you do not, simply put the date and your geocaching id down as I can check the logs to see your recorded visit***

5) There is a special first to find prize in all the caches but the Earthcaches

6) A couple of the caches may have travel bugs. Please move these bugs along and do not keep them! You will get your own to keep when you finish the program.

7) Complete all the caches and bring your passport to one of our facilities to claim a coin. Be sure to check each facility's hours before heading out. Hours and days open vary depending on the site.

 

Prairieview Education Center
Lost Valley Visitor Center
Brookdale Administrative Offices

OR mail it to:

McHenry County Conservation District
Attn: GeoTour
18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL  60098

Or e-mail a copy to smichael@mccdistrict.org

***Note on site closures or temporarily disabled caches***
If you are traveling from out of town and a cache is temproarily disabled either due to a site closure or some kind of issue with the cache, on the passport record disabled and the date. You will still be able to claim a coin!


EXTRA:
GeoTour Local supplemental information - includes information on other caches on our sites, as well as suggestions on where to stay, eat and other local events. Don't just come for a day, stay for a weekend!

New Geocachers
Please join us in playing! All are welcome who observe and obey the rules. Please do not move or vandalize the container. Replace the cache in the same spot in like or better conditions than you found it. When you leave, make sure the cache is completely covered. Please do not remove the informational card from the containers, this is a essential game piece for cachers completing the GeoTour. The real treasure is just finding the container and sharing your thoughts with everyone who finds it.

For more information, visit Geocaching.com and learn about this fun "game."

Check out the 2013 Cache Your Way program!

General Rules (These rules also apply to Letterboxing activities)

Two Geocachers Seeking a Cache
Two geocachers seeking a cache at The Hollows, Cary

A complete list of rules, click to view.

1. The location can only be in an area open to the public and within 12 feet from a trail.

2. The container must be made of clear material, not to exceed 4" x 8" x 12".

3. Only three caches allowed per District site. Due to environmental reasons, certain sites or areas may be closed to geocaching.

4. The cache may not contain food items, inappropriate, offensive or hazardous material.

5. The cache may not be buried and vegetation or other natural features are not to be disturbed.

6. Caches may be hidden under logs, in tree holes, in/under downed trees, in/under brush, etc.. The cache may not be affixed to any man-made structure (bench, sign, pole, fence, water pump, building, etc.) or natural feature (rock, tree, stump, root, etc.) in any manner.  This applies to items requiring magnets, tapes, nails, rope/string, staples or anything else to hold them in place.

7. All caches must be removed or renewed at the end of each calendar year.

How to Place a Cache or Letterbox on District Property

Permission must be obtained prior to placing a cache on District property. To request a geocache form call 815-338-6223 or e-mail smichael@mccdistrict.org. Allow 2-3 weeks for your request to be approved. Please do not post your cache on the geocaching website until you have received approval. If your cache is not approved, you will receive information as to why and what can be done to correct any problems.

 

Geocoins

The McHenry County Conservation District limited edition geocoins are on the loose! A few have been placed in District caches and a few have been handed out to other geocaching individuals. One has already been picked up and will hopefully be on the move soon! We will be tracking travel milestones. View progress.

Volunteers Needed

The Conservation District is looking for individuals with geocaching experience. Volunteers check current caches for compliance with District restrictions and Cache Your Way Across McHenry County. For more information, e-mail smichael@mccdistrict.org or call 815-338-6223.

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