Geocaching for Treasure

What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game for Global Positioning System (GPS) users to track the location of caches (treasures) all over the world and share the location coordinates online.

A cache location is entered as a "waypoint" to notify visitors where the geocache is hidden. Visitors are asked to leave something equally valuable for the next visitor.

www.geocaching.com

What is a GPS tracking unit?

  • A GPS unit is a electronic device that can determine an approximate location (within 6 - 20 feet) on the planet Earth.
  • Coordinates are normally provided in Longitude and Latitude.
  • The unit can be used to navigate from one location to another.
  • Some units offer maps, built-in electronic compasses and voice navigation.
  • GPS units can be purchased online and at local outdoor sports stores.

What about caching in Olathe?
The City monitors Geocaching.com
We reserve the right to remove any cache we feel inappropriate for any reason.

Placing Caches in Olathe

  • Caches should not interfere with any normal use of park facilities.
  • Caches are not permitted in park shelters, sports fields or playground areas.
  • Caches should not be placed in potentially dangerous locations such as storm culverts/drains or cliff areas.  
  • Caches should not be permanently attached to or buried at any park structure or natural feature.
  • Caches should not be placed in landscaped areas such as flower and shrub beds.
  • Vegetation and trees should not be cut, trimmed or altered.
  • Caches must be clearly marked.

Hunting Caches in Olathe

  • Be respectful of our community developed and natural park features.
  • Pick up litter and leave the park a better space.
  • Be courteous to fellow park patrons who are using trails or other park facilities.
  • Have fun and enjoy!

 


What is usually in a simple cache?
A logbook with information from the founder and notes from visitors.

Logbook information may include:

  • Nearby attractions
  • Coordinates to other unpublished caches
  • Jokes written by visitors.

Visitors should leave:

  • Information.  At the very least, leave the date and time the cache was visited.

What about a larger cache?
Larger caches may consist of items left in a waterproof bucket placed tastefully within the local terrain. The bucket may contain:

  • The logbook
  • Any number of items such as maps, books, software, hardware, CD's, videos, pictures, money, jewelry, tickets, antiques, tools, games, etc.
  • These items turn the cache into a true treasure hunt of items the founder or other visitors of the cache may have left.
  • Visitors who take something should always leave something, equal or greater, in value.
  • Items left in a bucket cache should be individually packaged in a clear zipped plastic bag for protection.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to maintenance being done on the City's computer network, the interactive mapping applications will be offline Saturday, January 31st, 2015. The map applications will return as soon as the maintenance is complete.