With geocaching, ‘treasure’ can be found on District lands

This new coin may be found at geocaches on 14 district properties.

This new coin may be found at geocaches on 14 district properties.

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 14, 2017 — Modern day adventurers may score a new commemorative coin by geocaching on St. Johns River Water Management District lands this summer, just in time for International Geocaching Day on Aug. 19.

“Geocaching is a great way to explore district lands and enjoy the outdoors,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We are excited to host geocaches on 14 of the district’s public lands, and our new commemorative coin is a treasure that’s worth searching for. Happy hunting!”

Geocaching is most often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with orienteering and treasure hunting.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use a global positioning system (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers called “geocaches” or “caches.” A cache is typically a small waterproof container that includes a logbook and possibly some small trinkets. While the difficulty of finding a cache can vary, the biggest reward is the thrill of the hunt and discovery of a place that is new to you.

With funds from the state’s Florida Forever program and through partnerships with state and local governments and nonprofit groups, the district purchases and manages 41 tracts of land that are important in protecting water resources by keeping the land in its natural state. The land helps to filter out pollutants from runoff, prevent erosion and provide flood protection, and it serves as protected plant and animal habitat.

Nearly all district properties are open to the public. Many of these public lands offer a variety of recreational activities, such as wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing, seasonal hunting and more. Be prepared when visiting these remote, scenic and wild lands. Make sure you have insect repellent, drinking water, sunscreen and wear proper clothing.

Geocaching on district lands does not involve digging or compromising sensitive natural and cultural resources. For information on geocache sites on district lands, visit the district’s website, www.sjrwmd.com.