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GPS Loan Program
Rat River Recreation has the Garmin Etrex 20 available for you to loan!  They're set up and ready to go!  If you and/or your friends/family are interested in doing some geocaching, come sign it out for a few days! **deposit required** 

Geocaches are hidden in plain sight and never buried, but they are often cleverlycamoflaged. They can vary greatly in size and appearance — everything fromlarge, clear plastic containers, to tin canisters, to a fake rock with a secretcompartment. examples of cache sizes include"
as small as canister or a tiny storage box!
a sandwich sized plastic container
a plastic container about the size of a shoebox!!amples of what to put in a cache"
town or province or country pin
log book & for people to sign
small key chains
trackable items such as a Travel mug or Geocoin
What is a GPS device A GPS is a Global Positioning System device is an electronic
unit that can determine your approximate location (within 2 to 9 metres) on theplanet. Coordinates are normally given in latitude and longitude. You can use thedevice to navigate from your current location to another location. Some deviceshave their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, and voice navigation,depending on the complexity of the device. How does a GPS work? Each GPS deviceis a computer that receives signal broadcasts from GPS satellites. A device needs toread signals from at least three satellites at a time to calculate its general locationby a process called trilateration. With signals from four satellites, a GPS receiver canget a more accurate fix that includes altitude and the exact time, as well as latitudeand longitude. The more satellite signals the receiver reads, the more accurate theposition it reports to you. If I use a GPS device, can someone track where I amgoing? No! GPS devices do not actually broadcast your location. The satellites usingradio frequencies actually broadcast their own position. Your GPS device takes thatinformation to figure out where you are (trilateration).
Benefits of Geocaching
 The benefits of geocaching go far beyond finding thesecret caches, although that's fun too! Geocaching encourages participants to getoutside and active — many of the geocaches are accessible by walking, biking, orfor the more adventurous types by canoe or kayak. There are lots of ways you canget in on the fun6 Geocaching can help to.
get participants outdoors to experience nature, refresh their mind andincrease their energy
encourage exploration in parks, nature trails, cities, towns
increase physical activity levels by walking, rolling, biking, hiking, etc.
promote social interaction between peers and families while being physicallyactive
encourage people of all abilities to participate