The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA) announced the launch of the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour. The State Parks Centennial GeoTour features 100 geocaches in 100 state parks to celebrate 100 years. Geocaching is a family-oriented recreational activity where participants locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS unit.
The GeoTour will encourage visitors to explore Washington state parks, enjoy many different recreational opportunities and experience the great outdoors.
The State Parks Centennial GeoTour features geocaches hidden at points of interest in state parks all across Washington. The geocaches may convey a historical story, reveal hidden vantage points or bring visitors to scenic locations. The first 180 participants to find 50 caches can earn a silver GeoCoin, and the first 30 participants to find 100 caches can earn a gold GeoCoin. A printable map and passport, along with GeoTour rules and information, can be found ONLINE.
Washington State Parks joins nearly 20 other GeoTours around the globe hosted by parks, convention and visitor bureaus, or local communities on www.geocaching.com, the world's largest location-based entertainment portal. Geocaching.com lists more than two million active geocaches in more than 180 countries around the world.
WSGA is the nonprofit organization for geocachers and geocaching across the state of Washington. It was founded in 2002 to work with Washington State Parks and other land managers on supporting geocaching as a family-oriented recreational activity. To celebrate 10 years of partnership and the Washington State Parks Centennial, WSGA is co-sponsoring the Centennial GeoTour. More than 70 WSGA members participated to make it a success.
Funding for the Centennial GeoTour was provided by Washington State Parks, WSGA and Groundspeak.