Search for Hidden Treasure
Wondering what to do with that nifty hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) unit you got for your birthday? Welcome to the world of geocaching right here in Lancaster County.
The Lancaster County Conservancy is one of the first non-profit land trusts in the world to actively participate in geocaching.
Cache boxes are hidden on many of our preserves.
The Conservancy’s first Director of Stewardship, Jeff Devine, recalls, “As a kid, I saw the film ‘Treasure Island.’ For weeks after that I played “pirates” hiding and seeking hidden treasure in the woods. When I walk the Conservancy’s properties, seeking geocaches, I’m rekindling my childhood memories, and using a new method to rediscover these natural ‘gems’.”
What is geocaching (pronounced “geo-cashing”) and how does it work?
Geocaching is a new rapidly growing sport that is essentially a high-tech treasure hunt. Geocachers use a handheld GPS unit to help locate a hidden cache (the “treasure”) which has known coordinates, and lies hidden somewhere in the woods. The coordinates are posted on a central website and geocachers can search for cache locations using zip codes, regions, or city names. Once they’ve identified their destination, they use the GPS units to get there.
A handheld GPS device looks approximately like a small cell phone and reads signals from several orbiting satellites, allowing users to determine their coordinates anywhere in the world to within a few feet.
The caches, or treasure boxes, are typically small weatherproof containers, and they usually contain a logbook, a pencil, and a handful of trinkets. The idea is to find the cache, sign the logbook, take something, and leave something.
Geocaching provides a unique method for introducing people to nature, and to lesser-used preserves. It also helps new people become acquainted with the Conservancy and its mission.
For a full list of Geocaches located on Conservancy property, click here.