On October 11, you can earn a new souvenir for celebrating the geocaching game board. What’s that, you ask? The whole entire Earth!* All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day.
EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you an earth science lesson. To make the find, you’ll have to check the EarthCache’s description and answer questions based on where you are.
If you’re using the free Geocaching Intro App, finding and logging an EarthCache is easy. You can just send your answers to the cache owner via Message Center. Visit the search page to find an EarthCache near you.
The Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 ends in about a week and a half (September 2), but you still have plenty of time to earn all six new souvenirs. You could wait all the way until the last 24 hours if you really wanted to—and we’ll prove it. Without further ado:
Connecting with Geocachers is Now Easier than Ever
After a few months of testing, getting feedback from the geocaching community and making changes, the brand new Message Center is no longer in beta. With this new feature, you can send and receive messages from Geocaching.com and the Geocaching Intro app.
Watch this short video, featuring two Geocaching HQ developers who worked on the project, to learn a little bit more about what went into the new Message Center.
Since first releasing Message Center beta, we’ve added a few things and tweaked a few others based on your feedback including:
Email notifications now display the content of the message that triggered the notification .
You can contact another player just by clicking the link on their profile or you can access their profile by clicking a player’s avatar image from the Message Center.
The envelope icon in the header now updates every 15 seconds to alert you that you have updated conversations.
You can contact a geocache owner directly from the geocache page. The GC code and name will be automatically inserted into the message.
And don’t worry – improvements to the Message Center won’t stop here. We’ll continue to improve the Message Center based on your feedback.