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Geocaching

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Go on a Treasure Hunt

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Great Parks Guidelines
Hidden object games are permitted in Great Parks of Hamilton County provided they adhere to these guidelines:
• Geocaches must be registered on www.geocaching.com.
• Hidden objects must be placed along an official, authorized nature or shared use trails and must be placed within 25 feet of the trail.  
• Hidden objects cannot be placed in conservation areas, ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands, ponds and wildflower areas.
• Hidden objects must be in an area that is free of obvious dangers that could cause harm to a person, i.e. not hanging over water, backs of street signs, electrical boxes or guard rails.
• Hidden objects cannot be placed near bridges or in places that would require digging or climbing.
• Traditional geocaches must be a clear, sealable container with the official Geocaching.com identification number placed on the container with name of the owner inside the cache.  The container cannot be camouflaged in any way. Other game objects must have the name of the game clearly marked on it as well as any official recognition from the game host or sponsor.
• Micros and nano caches are permitted and do not have to follow the clear or see-through container rule.  A photo of the proposed container needs to be emailed to information@greatparks.org.
• Hidden objects should be monitored by the owner and any problems with it resolved within 30 days of notification.
• Hidden objects should be maintained as family-friendly.  Hidden objects should not contain food, “smellables” or other wildlife attractants, firearms, drugs, alcohol or any adult items. 
• Any hidden object that is not in compliance with these conditions or that is determined to be a nuisance will be removed and discarded without notice.

Events
Hidden object game events need to be submitted for approval to information@greatparks.org. A complete description of the event and locations of the temporary hidden objects need to be included in the request.  All event hidden objects will be considered temporary and must be removed at the end of the event.  All event applications should be submitted a minimum of 30 days in advance.
Additional Resources
To sign up and for more information and rules of geocaching, visit the official website geocaching.com.

For an introduction to geocaching, check out these Great Parks blog posts:

​Geocaching 101 
​Geocaching 101: Hunting Your First Geocache
​Geocaching 101: Geocaching Etiquette 
​Geocaching 101: Hiding a Geocache 
Great Parks Geotour
With hundreds of geocaches already hidden among the beautiful scenery at our parks and preserves, Great Parks of Hamilton County is an ideal location for a picturesque GeoTour. The Great Parks GeoTour launches May 19. Great Parks will host a table in front of Sharon Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with information about geocaching, passports, examples of coins and more.

The GeoTour includes 20 caches on two trails. One trail, for children and beginners, is located at Sharon Woods and includes five geocaches. The second trail, open to everyone, is more difficult, with 15 caches, including the oldest Geocache in the state of Ohio (not accessible) plus 14 other caches that meet ADA accessibility requirements. The caches are hidden in several Great Parks facilities.

Commemorative coins will be available at the Sharon Centre gift shop for completion of the kids' trail or completion of 10 of the 15 caches on the more difficult trail.

This GeoTour has been made possible through a donation by AFKGeocaching.com and local geocacher cache_n_out.

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