Legal information around geocache placement.
- 1. Report a geocache
- 2. Law Enforcement & Parks Professionals
- 3. Usage Guidelines
- 4. Privacy
1. Report a geocache
1.1. Report a geocache
If a geocache has been found placed in an unsuitable location, please let us know.
- If you are law enforcement, call us at 206 971-0544.
- If you are a private citizen or business owner, email us.
Include information to identify the geocache
- Geocache name.
- GC code (GCXXXX).
- Legible photo of the most recent logbook entries.
- Nearest address or coordinates.
Find the coordinates of a location
- Locate the area of the geocache on Google Maps.
- Right-click the location on the map.
- Select What’s here?
- At the bottom, you’ll see a card with the coordinates.
Tip: The more information you can provide, the better.
2. Law Enforcement & Parks Professionals
2.1. Premium Membership for Law Enforcement & Land Managers
Park systems and police departments are a welcome and integral part of the geocaching community. It is our goal to build and honor these partnerships by developing tools and distributing educational materials to enhance the awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of geocaching.
Official representatives of parks, land management organizations and law enforcement agencies are eligible for a free Premium Membership. With the premium member status, you are able to identify geocaches currently placed in your region, receive notifications when new geocaches in your area are placed, and communicate with the geocachers who are playing in your area.
How to Join the Geocaching Community:
Create Account and Profile: Create your organization's Geocaching.com account and profile. When setting up an account, please choose a username that is reflective of your organization and provide your organization's official email address. See sample pages for Land Management Organizations and Law Enforcement Agencies.
Inform your team: Print our 2-page brochure (available in several languages), then download our Guide to Geocaching for Parks and Law Enforcement in English or German. Teach your coworkers about geocaching using our Introductory Presentation.
- Need help? Contact us with your questions at geocaching.com/help or by telephone at 206.971.0544 and we will be happy to help.
2.2. The Benefits of Geocaching for Land Managers
Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game that is free to play by anyone. Not only are there benefits for the players (aka geocachers), it also brings benefits for those who manage the land the game is played on.
- There are over 9 million accounts on Geocaching.com
- The Geocaching community is worldwide
- Geocachers represent nearly every demographic, from retirees to teenagers and everywhere in between
- Geocachers tend to be health-conscious hikers, according to a recent Texas A&M University study
- The community appreciates the environment and works to keep it clean and well-maintained through initiatives like CITO, which includes litter clean-up, removal of invasive species and more
How Geocaching Affects the Local Environment
Geocaching is a great way to encourage people to explore the world around them. From urban areas to parks and trails, geocaching takes people on an adventureand generally creates no more impact than hiking. By bringing outdoor-minded individuals to less well-known trails and parks, geocaching often supports the goals of Park and Land Managers.
Each geocache is submitted through a review process that ensures that geocache hiders are following all of the Geocache Listing Requirements and Guidelines. These guidelines were developed to protect not only geocachers, but also the lands on which geocaches are placed. Here are a sampling of guidelines that were created to make sure geocaching is beneficial for land managers:
- All local laws and documented land management policies apply.
- You assure us that you have the landowner's and/or land manager's permission before you hide any geocache, whether placed on private or public property.
- Geocaches are never buried, neither partially nor completely.
- Geocache placements do not damage, deface or destroy public or private property.
- Wildlife and the natural environment are not harmed in the pursuit of geocaching.
- Geocaches are not placed in restricted, prohibited or otherwise inappropriate locations.
In addition, 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.
2.3. 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.
3. Usage Guidelines
3.1. Logo Usage and Trademark Information
Many geocachers want to use our logos for various geocaching-related thingsand we love that! But before you do, keep in mind that the CITO logo (and the name Cache In Trash Out) is our trademark and the Geocaching logo is our registered trademark in the United States and many other countries around the world. Trademark law requires us to set a few ground rules that you must agree to before using our logos.
Read our Logo Usage Guidelines: http://www.geocaching.com/about/logousage.aspx
There is also a public domain logo which was independently produced. We do not manage this at all. It is used widely and is often seen with some small variation such as color, or a graphic background. More information on the public domain logo is available at http://bytethebullet.com/geologo.
3.2. Cache page image/text usage
Images and text on a cache page are user-generated content. As such, Geocaching HQ cannot give permission to use them. To get permission, try contacting the player who posted the photo or text via their Public Profile.
To access their profile, you can select the hyperlink next to "A Cache By" at the top of the geocache details page. (Note: You may need to create a free basic membership on Geocaching.com to be able to use the message tool on their profile.)
4.1. Privacy - Can I block another geocacher on Geocaching.com?
Historically, geocachers have always been able to view information on other geocachers' public profile pages. We believe it would fundamentally change the game in a negative way if users could not see geocache logs from other users, as well as information about trackable items they have interacted with, and geocaching photos. At this time, there is no way to block another geocacher from seeing your profile page or your geocaching activity. If you are concerned about keeping your information private from other geocachers, here are some other options to consider:
- Do not post information you wish to keep private on your geocaching profile
- Create a different account with a new email address
- Change your username
- Don't log your geocaches in the field or while traveling. Consider logging at home instead.
- Contact the authorities if you feel that any harassment is occurring