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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 cleverly camouflaged. They can vary greatly in size and appearance — everything from large, clear plastic containers, to tin canisters, to a fake rock with a secret compartment.
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 shoe box
Examples 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 the planet. Coordinates are normally given in latitude and longitude. You can use the device to navigate from your current location to another location. Some devices have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, and voice navigation,depending on the complexity of the device.
How does a GPS work?
Each GPS device is a computer that receives signal broadcasts from GPS satellites. A device needs to read signals from at least three satellites at a time to calculate its general location by a process called trilateration. With signals from four satellites, a GPS receiver can get a more accurate fix that includes altitude and the exact time, as well as latitude and longitude. The more satellite signals the receiver reads, the more accurate the position it reports to you.
If I use a GPS device, can someone track where I am going?
GPS devices do not actually broadcast your location. The satellites using radio frequencies actually broadcast their own position. Your GPS device takes that information to figure out where you are (trilateration).
Benefits of Geocaching:
The benefits of geocaching go far beyond finding the secret caches, although that's fun too! Geocaching encourages participants to get outside and active — many of the geocaches are accessible by walking, biking, or for the more adventurous types by canoe or kayak.
There are lots of ways you can get in on the fun! Geocaching can help to:
- get participants outdoors to experience nature, refresh their mind and increase 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 physically active
- encourage people of all abilities to participate