What is CITO?

What is CITO? As a whole, Geocachers are quite environmentally active. When we are out Geocaching, we collect litter along the trails and paths and then dispose of it properly. We ‘take out what we take in’ and strive to leave a place better that it was. On certain days, we also participate in international clean-up events that involve and benefit the larger community. CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) is one of several great programs that help us with this initiative.

So, what is CITO? CITO is an opportunity for Geocachers to help clean up the parks, trails and other cache-friendly places throughout the world. Through our volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources.

CITO began in 2003, when Geocachers from around the world organized 67 cleanup events in 5 countries. There were almost 1200 unique logs posted showing participation in these events, and hundreds more acted locally in recognition of this important day. The events were such a huge success that Groundspeak, parent of Geocaching.com, committed to carry on the tradition.

The objectives of CITO are to:

1. Actively promote the Cache In Trash Out program
2. Assist in the maintenance of parks & trail systems
3. Increase public awareness of Geocaching

Although every day is an environmentally awareness day, Cache In Trash Out Day is a special day that brings us all together in recognizing the need to be vigilant in maintaining our wildlands. Be a part of something bigger, participate in the next CITO event in your area.

For more about CITO and other environment related websites for the Geocacher click here

Keep on cachin’!

This post was originally posted on our now defunct website, Geocaching Online

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