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Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

A new statewide geocaching adventure is underway after getting a start on Earth Day. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state - at 74 of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas and at seven state tr...

At Minnesota state parks and recreation areas designated as geocaching “checkpoints,” GPS units can be checked out for free. Submitted photo.
At Minnesota state parks and recreation areas designated as geocaching “checkpoints,” GPS units can be checked out for free. Submitted photo.

A new statewide geocaching adventure is underway after getting a start on Earth Day. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state - at 74 of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas and at seven state trails. The clues to their exact whereabouts are posted on www.mndnr.gov/geocaching the Department of Natural Resources website.

"Geocaching is a popular way to explore Minnesota state parks and trails and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends," said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR's Parks and Trails Division in a news release. "In addition to enjoying the fun of a treasure hunt, we hope everyone who participates in the Call of the Wildflowers will get a little better acquainted with Minnesota's wildflowers and pollinators along the way."

Each of the newly hidden caches contains a logbook and a set of collectible cards featuring color photos of Minnesota wildflowers on one side and facts about the flowers on the other. Cache finders are encouraged to sign the logbook and take a free wildflower card as a souvenir of their visit.

For every 10 or 20 wildflower cards participants collect, they earn a special pollinator card. People can also pick up limited-edition wildflower cards when they attend programs about wildflowers, pollinators or geocaching at Minnesota state parks and trails.

Geocaching "checkpoints" provide free use of global positioning system (GPS) units

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At Minnesota state parks and recreation areas designated as geocaching "checkpoints," GPS units can be checked out for free.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that is popular around the world. Participants use GPS devices to hunt for hidden cache containers. Typically, caches are metal ammo boxes tucked in places like hollow logs, making them a challenge to locate.

The Call of the Wildflowers is the fourth statewide geocaching challenge at Minnesota state parks and trails. Previous challenges included the Geocaching History Challenge presented by Best Buy (2008), the Geocaching Wildlife Safari (2009-2012), and the Geocaching Avian Adventure (2012-2014).

For more information about geocaching and the Call of the Wildflowers, visit www.mndnr.gov/geocaching or contact the DNR Information Center by sending email to info.dnr30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Geocaching provides a way to explore state parks and trails in a high-tech treasure hunt. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state - at 74 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas and at seven state trails. Submitted photo.
Geocaching provides a way to explore state parks and trails in a high-tech treasure hunt. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state - at 74 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas and at seven state trails. Submitted photo.

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