EarthCaching gets people out in the field to learn about their planet first-hand. Participants in this annual event will learn all about EarthCaching, interact with EarthCachers from around the globe, meet EarthCache developers and reviewers, find local EarthCaches, and engage in many other exciting and educational activities. The 2016 event will be held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Meeting, which provides a unique opportunity for the EarthCaching and Geocaching communities to connect with the scientists and educators among GSA's membership! Furthermore, Denver is a great starting point from which to explore the wonderful geology of Colorado!
For full access to the event, online registration will be required; you can register online through the GSA Store. However, access to the log book will be open to anyone and will not require registration. To see what is in store for this year's event, check out the past events: 3IEE and 4IEE.
Big thanks to cachers "micaparamedic" and "Cyclops" for being "Friends of 5IEE". Your support for the event, and for EarthCaching in general, is greatly appreciated!
The event has 6 Lab Caches, which open at 9 a.m. Three of the Lab Caches are on-site at the event, two are outside the event, but nearby in downtown Denver (near a couple of nice EarthCaches), and the last, a "bonus", is up in Boulder at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Headquarters. We hope you like them!
"Rock Hound" Level: This level gets you beyond just the log-book and central hall, and into the main International EarthCache Event, where you can attend presentations and participate in other fun EarthCaching-related activities. Includes a small registration packet with goodies, personal name tag, access to presentation rooms, access to activity rooms.
"Hard Core EarthCacher" Level: This level gets you beyond 5IEE and into some parts of the GSA Annual Meeting, an event that attracts more than 7,000 attendees to participate in a high energy science exchange. Technical sessions (poster and oral presentations), exhibits, vendors, and networking opportunities offer something for everyone. Includes access to these parts of the GSA Annual Meeting: GSA Icebreaker + one beer ticket to be redeemed at the Icebreaker, Sat., 9/24/16, 5 - 7 p.m, in the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) Mile High Ballroom I. GSA Science Poster Sessions, Sun., 9/25/16, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., in the CCC. GSA Vendor and Exhibit Hall, Sun., 9/25/16, 2 - 7 p.m. in the CCC. Exhibits Opening Reception + one beer ticket to be redeemed at the Opening Reception, Sun., 9/25/16, 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the CCC.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Registration and check-in
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Official event opening and announcements
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Presentations and activity rooms begin.
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break; presentations pause, activity rooms continue.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Presentations resume, activity rooms continue.
4:00 p.m.: Official event closing, announcements, and prize drawings.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: GSA Annual Meeting Icebreaker + one beer ticket redemption (for Hard Core EarthCachers and GSA Annual Meeting Attendees)
9:00 a.m.: GSA Annual Meeting Science Poster Session opens (for Hard Core EarthCachers and GSA Annual Meeting Attendees)
2:00 p.m.: GSA Annual Meeting Vendor and Exhibit Hall opens (for Hard Core EarthCachers and GSA Annual Meeting Attendees)
5:30 p.m.: GSA Annual Meeting Official Exhibit Hall Opening Reception + one beer ticket redemption (for Hard Core EarthCachers and GSA Annual Meeting Attendees)
Colorado's Glacial Legacy
Paleontology of Mesa Verde Area
Geology of Colorado's Front Range (Ft. Collins - Boulder - Denver - Colorado Springs corridor)
Fossils of Colorado
Geology and Hydrology of Great Sand Dunes National Park
Adventures in EarthCaching
How to Develop an EarthCache
Lab Caches (up to 10)
Rock and mineral samples
And more to come...
If you have questions about the event, or would like to serve as a volunteer, please contact Matt Dawson (geoawareHQ) at firstname.lastname@example.org
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