Chase-Hyman said geocachers already form a nationwide community and geocachers are already excited about new trails. But it's also a way to educate state residents about municipalities.
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Merriam-Webster defines a municipality as "a primarily urban political unit having corporate status and usually powers of self-government."
"We want to make sure that municipalities are seen as viable, attractive places for (visitors) to visit," Chase-Hyman said. "Because there are plenty of people who don't necessarily understand the difference between municipalities and what is simply a population center like Towson or Columbia versus Hagerstown."
If you go ...
What: Discovering Maryland Maryland Municipal League Geotrail
When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 5
Where: Hancock Performing Arts Center at Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock
More: Event attendees will be given an advance listing of all the new geocache coordinates as the official Trail Passport
Geocachers can access the coordinates any time after 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, by registering at www.geocaching.com. The basic registration is free. A trackable collectible coin will be awarded to the first 200 geocachers who locate at least two caches within each of the participating MML districts:
District 1: Lower Eastern Shore
District 2: Upper Eastern Shore
District 3: Baltimore (not ready for launch)
District 4: Southern Maryland
District 5: Montgomery Country
District 6: Frederick County
District 7: Allegany/Garrett Counties
District 8: Washington County
District 9: Prince George's County
District 10: Cecil/Harford Counties
District 11: Carroll County
To be eligible for commemorative coin, geocachers must record the location, date and code of their find at the Official MML Geocache Trail Passport and paste a picture at each cache. Completed passports must then be mailed to MML offices for coin redemption. To download the official passport go to www.mdmunicipal.org/geocache.
To find out the basics of geocaching, go to www.geocaching.com.
A quarter illustrates the sizes of some of the smallest geocaches hidden in area parks and historic sites. A statewide geotrail called Discovering Maryland will launch Saturday in Hancock.