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Va. state parks introduces new geocaching program

March 20, 2013 6:22am
New for 2013, Virginia State Parks is introducing the statewide geocaching program, “Tree-mendous Adventure,” with a focus on identifying Virginia trees.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where a GPS unit is used to find hidden containers (geocaches) in various locations. RichmondOutside.com contributor Emily Ward wrote a great piece on geocaching last month.
8456438276_20ba7ee5fcGeocaching combines technology with good old-fashioned outdoor fun. The basics are simple: a modern GPS receiver is used to locate a hidden cache in the woods, usually a small container with a log book and a memento of some kind. Geocaching is growing in popularity around the world, and it’s something you can do near home, or in any Virginia State Park.
Virginia State Parks launched the new geocaching program March 1. It continues through Dec. 15, 2013. Every Virginia State Park has a cache specific to the series that includes information about activities around the park and a collector’s card with information about a native tree species. Visitors can collect the cards to receive prizes. Each state park has GPS units available for rent, for $6 per unit for a half-day and $10 for the full day.
More information about geocaching in Virginia State Parks can be found at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/geocachegame.shtml
For more information about geocaching across the country, visit www.geocaching.com.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?