Geocaching Rules and Guidelines

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device, and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

Waterman Conservation Education Center is welcoming to geocaching activities. A few guidelines have been established to protect the nature of our nature preserves and the overall experience of Waterman's visitors. Those searching for existing caches are welcome to do so, of course, as long as they follow Waterman Center's visitor regulations. However the following guidelines are in effect for anyone who wishes to place a cache of any sort on Waterman Center property.

  1. Any placement of a cache (permanent, temporary, physical, virtual, etc.) must receive prior approval from the Executive Director of Waterman Center. When asking to place a new cache, note the GPS coordinates as well as relative location to the nearest trail and features of Waterman Center. Note that caches will not be permitted on steep slopes, near hazardous conditions, close to existing caches, or where it may impact rare natural features or Waterman's program activities. State your caching alias as well as your real name and contact information. Provide details on the cache container you plan to use, the associated caching organization/web site, type of cache, and any other special conditions associated with the cache. Caching web sites are monitored by Waterman Center and any caches placed without authorization will be removed and an appropriate action taken.
  2. Due to the growing popularity of these activities, no person will be permitted to place more than four caches in each of Waterman's properties in order to allow others the ability to do so.
  3. Once a cache is approved, it may not be relocated more than a few feet without obtaining further permission from Waterman's Executive Director.
  4. Cache containers and contents may not be buried or submerged, but can be hidden in dry surface vegetation within reach of walkers on the ground without climbing or impacting the natural habitat.
  5. Cache containers must be permanently labeled on the exterior to note that cache has been approved by Waterman Conservation Education Center (607) 625-2221 and the associated web site/info source (i.e. "www.geocaching.com").
  6. Caches must be monitored and maintained by the placer to insure accuracy, safety, and working condition of the cache.
  7. Caches from organizations/websites that do not permit Waterman Conservation Center to find and monitor a cache online will not be permitted (such as terracaching.com).
  8. Please consider noting on your web listing that the cache was approved by Waterman Conservation Education Center .
  9. Waterman Conservation Education Center accepts no responsibility or liability for any cache, and will not assist in the maintenance of a cache.

Have fun and good luck!