|14 Aug. 2013
GSA Release No. 13-50
|For Immediate Release|
Director - GSA Education & Outreach
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
2nd International EarthCache Event (2IEE) Celebrates Earth Science Discovery in Utah
Let Earth Be Your Teacher
Boulder, CO, USA – The second international gathering of EarthCache enthusiasts will take place in St. George, Utah, USA, on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The event will bring hundreds together from across the continent and abroad in a unique setting where outdoor-lovers can learn about new EarthCache sites, meet EarthCache reviewers, and share stories with like-minded explorers. A variety of activities will include learning seminars, opportunities to trade geocoins and tags, shopping with vendors of geocaching merchandise, and mingling with geocachers who share interests in EarthCache sites around the world.
The global EarthCache program, run by The Geological Society of America, is an educational subset of geocaching — with the important difference that instead of finding a container of trinkets, the treasure at an EarthCache site is a lesson about Earth itself. Participants complete a task to prove they have been observing and learning from each site visit, and log their experiences online. Multiple visits can earn participants rewards, such as the EarthCache Discovery Awards.
This year’s event will build on the success of the first gathering held in Maine, USA, in 2012, and will continue the tradition of workshops, activities and fun for the whole family. The venue for the event is the Dixie Centre in the heart of St George, Utah. The St. George area is rich in natural beauty with several state and national parks to explore.
The preliminary list of workshops includes:
- Where to get ideas for EarthCache sites
- Guidelines for developing EarthCache sites
- Working with state parks and the National Park Service
- Using HTML in your EarthCache listing
- History of the EarthCache program and where it is going
- How sites are reviewed and the appeals process
- Q&A with the Geoaware site reviewers
- Geology of the area around St. George
- Using queries on your GPS
- An EarthCache GeoVenture – the Hawaiian experience
"The EarthCache community continues to grow rapidly," says program director Gary Lewis.
“This is going to be a wonderful repeat of the huge success of last year’s Event. Being in a geological wonderland such as Utah makes it all very much more exciting,” says Lewis.
The first EarthCache site was developed by Lewis in 2004 on a headland in New South Wales, Australia. It leads to evidence in the rocks of an ancient ice age and amazing fossils to discover. Since then over 27,000 sites have been placed by geocachers around the globe and a staggering 3,800,000 people have visited those sites to date. EarthCache discoveries lie on every continent, and accommodate every age and outdoor skill level. Sites are added on a daily basis.
For more information about the EarthCache event or general program information contact Gary Lewis at the address above.
The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.