Title: Geocachers: Benefits sought and environmental attitudes
Author: Schneider, Ingrid E.; Silverberg, Kenneth E.; Chavez, Deborah
Source: LARNet, The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research, Fall, 2011. 14(1):1-11
Description: Geocaching, an outdoor recreation activity that uses handheld Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to find hidden treasures demarcated on the Internet, emerged in 2000 and has engaged more than 5 million participants in more than 200 countries (www.geocaching.com). Agency responses to geocaching range from collaborative management to exclusion. Effective management, however, depends on knowledge of participants' behaviors and preferences as well as the ability to respond effectively to them. This project profiled geocachers, the benefits they seek in the activity, as well as attitudes toward environmentally responsible behaviors. An electronically administered questionnaire in 2003 revealed geocachers at that time were primarily middle aged, White, and possessed high educational status. Seven benefit factors emerged related to geocaching: physical fitness, nature experiences, learning, stimulation, relaxation, autonomy, and socialization. Benefits sought differed by group type (family vs. alone). Geocachers indicated environmentally responsible behaviors were important. Programming opportunities exist to enhance physical activity, environmental understanding, social cohesion, and revenues. Management challenges include cache placement, cache monitoring, inter- and intragroup conflict, and increased visitation.
Keywords: Technology, geocaching, environmentally responsible behavior, benefits
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Schneider, Ingrid E.; Silverberg, Kenneth E.; Chavez, Deborah 2011. Geocachers: Benefits sought and environmental attitudes. LARNet, The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research, Fall, 2011. 14(1):1-11.
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