2.4. Examples of Agency/Geocaching partnerships
Geocaching provides opportunities for land managers and police to engage with their communities and promote safe enjoyment of the land. Examples of Agency/Geocaching partnerships:
- Arizona State Land Department
- Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
- Florida State Parks
- Portland Police Bureau
- Tennessee State Parks
- Texas State Parks
- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee State Parks partner with geocachers to host events to encourage people to geocache on parks lands.
- The town of Seia, Portugal hosts an annual weekend of geocaching events to encourage tourism in the region.
- The Portland (Ore.) Police Bureau has hosted a coin challenge and hidden geocaches at Bureau locations throughout the city.
Host CITO Events (Cache In Trash Out)
- Geocachers appreciate the environment and work to keep it clean and well-maintained through initiatives like CITO, which includes litter clean-up, removal of invasive species and more.
- Boulder County, Colorado and local cachers have partnered for 11 years on CITOs. In 2013, the geocaching organization "Geocaching Colorado" won a Land Conservation Award from Boulder County.
Educate about Responsible Geocaching
- Nationalpark Eifel shares a humorous video explaining their geocaching rules (German language.)
- German police in Koblenz embrace Geocaching by hosting events and launching trackables to help educate the community about why it's not good to hide caches around railroad tracks. They also have a police helicopter with a trackable code.
- See an interview with Brian Burket of Jacksonville, Florida's Department of Parks and Recreation. He reviews/approves geocaches and makes sure they fit local guidelines.
- Washington State Parks: To celebrate Washington's great outdoors and help the community enjoy as many state parks as possible, the Washington State Parks hosted the Washington State Parks GeoTour, which features 103 geocaches hidden in state parks across Washington.
- UK police officers hide geocaches that include useful crime prevention messages.
- Geocaching can increase tourism by bringing geocachers from around the world to your area. In fact, some land managers have worked with Geocaching HQ to create award-winning experiences called GeoTours specifically for that purpose. A GeoTour is a collection of geocaches that lead geocachers through your area. For example, the Florida State Parks GeoTour takes geocachers through Florida's 171 state parks and trails to inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty, which helps to strengthen families, educate children, and foster community pride. GeoTour geocaches average over 150 finds eachin total for all GeoTour geocaches, there have been almost 300,000 finds in the 2.5 years since the program began.
- The story of how geocaching supports the economy in a rural town along the "ET Highway" in Nevada.
Land Managers and Law Enforcement can receive a Free Geocaching Premium account to monitor all activity in their region and make sure it fits local guidelines.