Texas state parks offering geocaching challenge
Looking for an outdoor-friendly adventure this winter? The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has launched a pilot geocaching program at 12 state parks to introduce people to the trend.
Participants in the Texas Geocache Challenge use a GPS device to find a small "treasure" hidden in one of the participating parks.
Each "treasure" box contains information about the park, a logbook, small prizes and a paper punch for marking their visit on a geocache passport, according to TexasRVer.com.
The challenge runs through the end of the month in parks in Hill Country and southeastern Central Texas. When participants complete 12 of these virtual treasure hunts, they can send their completed passports to the TPWD for a certificate of completion and some small prizes.
Individuals who don't have a GPS can also participate by finding clues on the TPWD website and heading out for an old-fashioned treasure hunt.
Officials with the TPWD say if the geocaching challenge is well-received they may expand it to all of the parks within the state next year.
Other states, including Minnesota and Arkansas, have also coordinated geocaching challenges within their state parks.