Do you love the outdoors? Are you tech savvy?

Get Outside, Moving and Having Fun with Geocaching!

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. 


But what does this have to do with land surveying?

Land surveying provides three dimensional positions of points on the earth, calculating distances and angles between them? These points are often used to establish maps and boundaries, protects the public in establishing ownership, planning and executing commercial construction projects, bridge building or other purposes required by government or civil law. In order to complete these projects, surveyors use equipment, such as total stations, GPS receivers, 3D scanners, handheld tablets, digital levels, subsurface locators, drones, GIS and more.

Explore one element of being a land surveyor and have some fun finding geocache's hidden throughout the state, including some PLSO Cache's and discover surveying as a possible new career option at the same time.

Get into geocaching

  1. Go to geochaching.com
  2. Enter your postal code to see how many caches are hidden near your ‘backyard’
  3. Download the Geocaching app to your smart phone with GPS
  4. Choose ‘Find Nearby Geocaches’
  5. Click on any of the dots for details about the difficulty level
  6. Click on the ‘>’ arrow and ‘Navigate to Geocache’ and you’re off
  7. You can search by compass or by map, or toggle between both
  8. If you need clues, click on the ‘<’ arrow and choose from Descriptions, Recent logs, Hints, and Attributes posted by previous cache finders to help you
  9. Sometimes even photos of the exact hiding spot are posted if you are really struggling and need a spoiler


What You Need to geocache

  • Mobile device with GPS
  • Geocaching.com app
  • A pencil to sign log books
  • Treasures to exchange with items in cache
  • Old shoes in case you get muddy
  • A sense of adventure!


What You Do When You Find One

  • When cache is found, sign the log
  • Put the cache back exactly where you found it
  • If there are treasures in the cache and you take one, put one of equal or greater value back in its place
  • Send PLSO a photo of you during your hunt to office@plso.org and we'll include it in our online album below!

PLSO Geocaching Album:

5 photo(s) Updated on: 10 Jul 2018
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