Cache In Trash Out® — 10 Create Ways to CITO.
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Cache In Trash Out® — 10 Creative Ways to improve your CITO

 

 

 

6 steps to organize a Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) event

6 steps to organize a Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) event

Save the Earth while geocaching?
Yes, please! We call it CITO (Cache In Trash Out®).

In 2018, geocachers around the globe will gather together during the weeks of April 21-29 and September 15-23 to pick up trash, remove invasive species, repair trails and earn a  prized CITO souvenir. If you’ve never hosted a CITO and you don’t know where to begin, read on! Here are 6 steps to get you started.

GC70P66 Cache In Trash Out (CITO) fence trees
GC70P66 Cache In Trash Out (CITO)

1. Choose a location and a date.

Since your CITO event will result in an improvement to a public space, pick an area that’s important to you and/or that needs special attention. Make sure you have permission to host the CITO from the local land manager. If you are unsure about which location is best, call a local park manager or geocaching organization. They can provide assistance and support in selecting the best location.

GC71MNJ CITO litter-al logbook
GC71MNJ CITO litter-al logbook

2. Pick an activity.

A CITO event should involve geocachers taking part in an activity that produces an environmental improvement to a park or another cache-friendly place. CITO activities have included trash pickups, tree plantings, invasive species removals, and trail maintenance. Need inspiration and direction? Talk to the land manager to find out where volunteers are most needed. See if there are any local environmental organizations already doing volunteer work, with whom you can partner. Call your city’s Parks and Recreation department to find out if any city volunteer initiatives are planned.

GC5Q30H beach CITO
GC5Q30H beach CITO

3. Fill out the Event Cache submission form.

Your CITO event must be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the event. Get your event submitted early and give yourself time to square away any details.

  • Type & Location: Select Cache In Trash Out Event as the event type and enter the coordinates where your event will take place.
  • Waypoints (Optional): Is there parking near your event? A trailhead you need to find to get to the right spot? Let folks know.
  • Event Details and Description: Where is the event, what time does it start and end, and what will folks be doing? Is any special type of clothing or gear required? Will there be activities suitable for young children, or do you have to be a spring chicken to partake? Will there be a lunch break? Any safety concerns? The more details you can supply, the better.
CITO in the forest
CITO in the forest

4. Wait for the event to be published.

Once you’ve reviewed and submitted your event listing, your local Reviewer will likely publish the event or request changes to it within a week. If you don’t hear from your Reviewer, check to make sure the event listing is actually submitted and enabled. Check to see if the Reviewer has posted any Reviewer notes in the cache logs section. Once you’ve made any necessary changes, review and submit the listing once more. Feel free to ask your Reviewer for advice if you’re struggling with the event listing.

Planting trees for CITO
Planting trees for CITO

5. Once the event is published, let people know about it!

Is there a local geocaching organization you can reach out to, to let them know about your CITO? Maybe there are even some non-geocacher volunteer organizations you could recruit… the more the merrier!

GC19C0T CITO in Hawaii
GC19C0T CITO in Hawaii

 6. On the day of the event…

  • Show up early.
  • Watch the cache page and your e-mail for last minute questions.
  • See to it that every person knows what the activity is, and how to do it.
  • Agree on a time and location to meet up and debrief at the close of the event.
  • After the event is over, keep the event listed long enough to allow people to log the event.
  • Then write a thank you note, and archive it. Voila!

That’s all, folks! Remember: the CITO 2018 souvenir will be available for events during the weeks of April 21-29 and September 15-23, so if you’re planning to host an event that weekend make sure you submit the cache listing at least two weeks in advance, preferably more.

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New: Official Posters For Your CITO Event

CITO Week begins this Saturday!

For the first time in geocaching history, there will be global CITO Week from September 17–25, 2016. Visit the CITO calendar to find an event near you.

Are you hosting or helping out at one of these events? If so, these CITO materials are for you! You can use these posters to help promote your CITO Events during CITO Week and all year long.

Posters To print and Post At Your CITO:

SignalandCITO

Download a printable version here.

CITOPoster

Download a printable version here. 

Add THIS Official CITO Banner To YOur Event Page:

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Check out these instructions for adding an image to your geocache description.

What do you have planned for your CITO Event? Tell us in the comments below.

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Last Call For Fall CITO Events 2016!

Cache In Trash Out® Week is almost here! CITO Events are a chance for geocachers to give back to their local spaces and communities, and may involve tree planting, litter pick up, or even habitat restoration. From September 17–25, you can even earn a special souvenir by attending one.

It’s not too late to submit a CITO of your own. Check out this blog post for tips on hosting your own CITO. But remember: CITO Events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date.

Ready to get your hands dirty? Check out CITO gear from Shop Geocaching.