A clean environment is essential for healthy living.  Appleton Parks and Recreation is teaming up with local GeoCachers to offer a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event in Appleton Parks for Earth Day!  Do you love hunting for treasure, figuring out puzzles and spending time in beautiful parks?  If so, then come join our Earth Day CITO event.  This event will start with a Geocaching 101 presentation to teach families how to look for hidden caches using a free app on their phones.  After the presentation, families will help preserve the natural beauty of our parks by picking up trash while hunting for different caches in the parks.  This is a great way to volunteer to improve our parks and spend a fun day with the family!

DATE: Saturday, April 24, 2021
TIME: 9:00 – 12:30 p.m.
AGES: All ages are open to participate
LOCATION:  Check in at Pierce Park Pavilion, 1035 W. Prospect Ave.
CLASS #: 361001-S1

Registration is required for all participants in your household that would like to receive the 101 presentation. We have a limited capacity available for the presentation, so sign up quickly to secure your spot!  This event will be outside, please make sure to dress accordingly.  There will be NO rain or bad weather make-up dates. 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.:  CITO Check-In – Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave.
9:15 a.m. – 9:45  a.m.:  Geocaching 101 Presentation for families that are interested in learning how to Geocache  (*Experienced Geocachers only need to sign-in for the event and can begin geocaching right away if they prefer.)
9:45 a.m. – 12:00  p.m.:  Begin visiting 5 park locations searching for caches and picking up trash. (trash bags will be provided and trash drop off sites at all locations)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  PRIZES!  Yes, we said prizes.  We have a surprise in store for you – BINGO CITO.  Complete the Bingo card for fun Geocaching prizes.

  • Mobile device with a geocaching application installed. (see FAQ below for more details)
  • Your own pen to log your cache finds!
  • Gloves to pick up trash (we will provide non-latex gloves if you prefer)
  • Masks will be required at the Geocaching Presentation

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a fun recreational activity using a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile devise with a navigational application to seek for geocaches.  Geocaches come in all sorts of different styles – traditional (physical containers of all different sizes), Myster or Puzzle Caches (involves puzzles to solve), Mulit-Caches(involves 2 or more locations), EarthCache(special geological location to visit and learn about), and more!

I have never geocached, what do I need?

Geocaching requires very little equipment to be successful. All you need is a mobile device that can download a geocache application.  Most geocache applications have a navigation system installed in them already!  There are many apps out there, but we suggest going with a free option for this event.  You can get the Geocoaching app by visiting geocaching.comDownload Geocaching App Instructions here All you have to do is sign up for a free account to get started.  (Note – There are many other apps, so please do your research if you are interested in learning about all the wonderful apps available!)

Register for the FREE Geocaching 101 presentation offered by Kelly King, Vice President of Wisconsin Geocaching Association. She will walk you through all the training, terminology, and hands on training you will need to be successful for our CITO event.  (We will have a practice cache hidden at Pierce Park so you can test out your skills before going on your own.)

What is CITO?

Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Since 2002, CITO has helped preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 363,000 people have volunteered at 18,000 CITO events.