News Release 13-025
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Tina Dinzl-Pederson, State Parks: (360) 387-3342
Sandy Mealing, State Parks: (360) 902-8559
Eric Schudiske, Geocaching.com: (206) 310-3597
Abby Wolfe, WSGA: (425) 283-2224
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Washington State Parks launches Centennial GeoTour
June 11, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA) today announce 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 at www.parks.wa.gov/geocaching.
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.
Established on March 19, 1913, Washington State Parks is one of the oldest and largest park systems in the country. In celebration of the Centennial year, a variety of events will be offered at state parks all year. For ideas about fun events to attend, bookmark the State Parks online events page and check it regularly, as new events are being added all the time. View the events calendar at www.parks.wa.gov/events.
Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the new State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.