Public education can help foster a greater sense of habitat stewardship among town residents. Even interpretive signs can contribute to an increased understanding and appreciation of local wildlife. There are several well developed education programs that span every season and age group.
Find the SAM Geocaches!
Every SAM community has one geocache that has been hidden by the SAM team within its municipal boundaries. Sign up for the free Geocache mobile app and start the treasure hunt! Geocaches owned and maintained by SAM are under the EHJV Stewardship profile.
How To: Set up Geocaches in your Community!
Geocaches are an easy and affordable way to promote stewardship and conservation in your community. Think of it like a global treasure hunt. Geocachers sign-up online and search their area for hidden objects (registered Geocaches) that are appear in a map. You can guide players to certain areas like look-out point, walking trails or historical monuments, and share information about the the point of interest. Here's how to get started.
Set up an account at www.geocaching.com. There is an option to pay for a premium membership, but a free account will allow you to hide geocaches.
Read about Geocaching 101
Time to hide your first geocache. Choose a place that you would like to draw visitors to, like a nature trail or an interpretive sign. You can buy geocaches, or use any small, waterproof container - film canisters or plastic tupperware work well. Place a log book or paper inside, so geocachers can sign their names. A geocache cannot be buried, but it should be hidden well enough to be a bit of a challenge! Take the GPS coordinates using a smart phone or a GPS unit.
Follow the instructions online to submit your geocache for review. If it is approved, it will be listed online and geocachers searching in the area will be able to find it!
Make sure to maintain your geocaches. Check your online account to see if it is being found or has been reported missing.