Get Outside, Have Fun and Learn About Stormwater
"Finding Geo" is Fun for the Entire Family
McKinney’s Stormwater Management Program is excited to announce its stormwater Geocaches, “Finding Geo!” Six geocaches are hidden throughout the city. Get outside, get some free stuff and learn some interesting facts about stormwater. Here's how it works:
To find the location of the cache, you will need a GPS receiver or a smart phone. There are several free GPS locator apps available to download.
Find the General Location
Use the GPS coordinates to find the general location of the cache. Coordinates are approximate, and can be affected by satellite position, weather and interference by nearby trees or buildings.
- All Drains Lead to the Creek - N 33° 12.762 W 096° 40.318
- **Dogs Are Friends, But Not Their Poo! - N 33 12.099, W 96 39.703
- I’m H2O Intolerant - N 33° 10.965 W 096° 37.849
- I’m Thinking of Something Orange, and It’s Small - N 33° 08.488 W 096° 42.142
- **Just Keep Flowing - N 33° 11.059 W 096° 38.288
- Wow! I Wish I Could Speak Fish! - N 33° 09.442 W 096° 43.600
You can also download one of the available Geocaching-specific apps. Just search for “Geocaching” in the Google Play or App Store and you should see several that will work well. Codes for Finding Geo are below for one mobile app. Codes may be different for other apps.
- All Drains Lead to the Creek - GC6K8JX
- **Dogs are Friends, but not their Poo! - GC6JX4P
- I’m H2O Intolerant - GC6K8HP
- I’m Thinking of Something Orange, and It’s Small - GC6K8KT
- **Just Keep Flowing - GC6JX5Z
- Wow! I Wish I Could Speak Fish! - GC6JX6X
The Hunt Really Begins
Once you find the general location, you will need to look high and low to locate the hidden treasure. All of McKinney’s stormwater Geocaches are relatively large boxes with items inside. You will need to scan the area and look for anything that seems out of place in the environment, particularly if it looks like it could have something hidden inside. Caches cannot be buried, but you may need to look under items in the landscape, such as rocks, leaves and grass, or maybe even inside an old hollow tree.
Once you have found the cache, open it up, sign the logbook and feel free to take one of the gifts inside. Generally, the rules of geocaching require that if you take an item from a cache, you should replace it with an item of equal value. However, in our caches, you may take an item without leaving anything except your signature in the log. Please, take no more than one item per member of your group.
More About the Cache
All of the Finding Geo Stormwater caches also contain rolled-up plastic grocery sacks. You are invited to take one, and help us keep our creeks and lakes clean by picking up any litter you see while you are out. Also, all of the cache containers are made from repurposed household containers that might have become trash if they hadn’t become caches. The description of each cache will tell you what type of container each was in its former life.
For more information on the history and rules of geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.