3.3. EarthCache logging tasks
An EarthCache teaches an earth science lesson. The cache page must include logging tasks that help teach the same lesson. Remember that the EarthCache is based on the world around us, not on an informational sign at the EarthCache site. Geocachers must complete the tasks before they log the EarthCache as found.
Acceptable logging tasks
- Questions that can only be answered by visiting the site.
- Questions that allow geocachers to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Open questions, like "what/why/how do you think...?"
- Questions that ask geocachers to compare geological features. For example, “Compare the shale layer to the one above it? How does it compare in thickness/color/hardness?”
Tip: Tasks that require geocachers to take measurements or photos are only accepted if they allow people to demonstrate what they have learned. In most cases, photos are not necessary and can be replaced with observational or measurement tasks.
Unacceptable logging tasks
- Questions that can be answered without visiting the site, such as stating an elevation reading.
- Questions that assume prior knowledge of geology, such as "What type of rock is found here?"
- Asking geocachers to research the topic online.
- Asking geocachers to quote information from a sign at the site without demonstrating that they have learned the earth science lesson.
- Asking geocachers to take measurements that do not relate to the earth science lesson and only prove that they visited the site. For example, “Measure the height of the boulder.”
- Asking geocachers to provide a photo to prove that they visited the site. For example, “Take and send me a photo of the quartz vein.”
Important: Provide the answers to your logging tasks in a Reviewer Note on the cache page. Reviewer Notes are automatically deleted when a cache is published.