This weekend we stayed at the River Pond campground by Tuttle Creek Reservoir, just outside Manhattan, Kansas. Armed as I am now with a Garmin eTrex Legend HCx GPS unit, I was glad to see a few geocaches available in the area from geocaching.com. Instead of just finding some caches hid by individuals, however, my son and I were glad to learn about a new statewide geocaching contest in Kansas sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. KDWP has hidden 29 geocaches around the state, at least some of which are multi-caches. (The cache at Tuttle Creek was a multi-cache.)
The goal of the contest (which started May 1st) is to find as many of the 29 caches as possible. After finding a cache, participants enter a “site code” on a certificate found in the final cache and take it to the appropriate park office during regular business hours. In addition, participants complete an entry from and must receive a stamp on their form next to their latest cache find details. Entrants must mail in their completed and certified forms to the KDWP office in Pratt. 50 first prizes (a choice between a two- night stay in a Wildlife & Parks camping cabin, or one annual camping permit for 2009) are available to the first 50 people to find all 29 geocaches and mail in their documents. 100 second-place prizes (100 winners) who find 6 to 28 of the geocaches will win a choice between a one-night stay in a camping cabin or a 14-day camping permit for 2009. 200 third prize winners will take home two nights free camping and utilities at any Kansas state park during 2009, for finding 5 to 28 official KDWP geocaches. Complete details are available on the KDWP geocaching website.
This contest is a great idea on many fronts. Not only does it encourage more people to get outside, hike, and explore the state parks around the great state of Kansas, but it also will introduce more folks to GPS technology and the sport of geocaching. Way to go Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks! I hope we’ll see a similar contest sponsored in Oklahoma soon! 🙂
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