Photo via rrarunan
Geocaching can be a great green activity, and the people running the website have always stressed being aware of the environment. Cache In, Trash Out is a mantra for geocachers who head off into the wildnerness or even urban settings in search of little treasure chests. Another important part of the green thinking is keeping caches well maintained so that they don't become a trash source. But what about the contents themselves? Geocahcing could become a reforestation project, and one DIY thinker has come up with a brilliant idea for just how to do that. Instructables user rrarunan created a whole new idea for geocaching kit contents that doesn't simply follow a leave-no-mark philosophy but rather a leave-a-positive-mark philosophy.
"My kit adds another activity for environmentally conscious members of this community wherein they trade 'tree seeds' instead of normal objects usually traded in the cache. Moreover, it allows them to hide more caches at locations where these seeds are planted to become trees. These caches become more like a landmark always available in the geocaching.com site for people to seek them as long as they are maintained well by the owners."
The Geocache-A-Forest DIY kit instructions include everything you need to know to create a kit, including how to select tree seeds. Rrarunan stresses researching the zone and region the cache is in so that you're selecting trees that can grow in the area, but we also suggest researching native species so that you're including trees that should grow in the area. It'd be a big bummer if the caching idea turned into a source of invasive species.
If you haven't heard of Geocaching yet, here's a quick description from Geocaching.com:
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
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