State parks in two separate regions of Texas have kicked off new geocaching challenges. Parks in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth area now have 23 brand new caches hidden to test peoples' determination and scavenger-hunting skills in the outdoors for the next four months.
Participating parks in Houston include Sheldon Lake, Huntsville, San Jacinto Battleground SHS, Galveston Island, Brazos Bend, Lake Texana, Lake Livingston, Village Creek, Martin Dies Jr. and Stephen F. Austin.
Participating parks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area include Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Mineral Wells, Cedar Hill, Eisenhower, Dinosaur Valley, Lake Tawakoni, Bonham, Cooper Lake, Purtis Creek, Tyler and Daingerfield.
"We really want people to get outside, and this is another reason for people to go out to state parks, as a family or as an individual," said Chris Holmes, outdoor education coordinator for Texas state parks. "Try geocaching, you might get hooked and end up visiting a few more of the other thousands of geocaches stashed across Texas that you never knew existed!"
Participants can download a Texas Geocache Passport, as well as the coordinates of each of the caches, from the TPWD website. In each of the participating state parks a hidden box will contain collectible wildlife-themed trading cards, information about the park, a logbook for cachers to record their visit and a paper punch unique to the park.