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Posted on: May 24, 2016

16-028 State Parks GeoTour to end this summer

Geocachers have until Oct. 10 to submit passports for prizes

OLYMPIA – May 24, 2016 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Geocaching Association announce the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour will officially end June 6. However, the caches will remain active through Sept. 30, and geocaching enthusiasts will have until Oct. 10 to submit passports for prize coins.

“The State Parks GeoTour has succeeded beyond all expectations over the past three years,” said Abby Wolfe, President Emeritus of the Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA). “State Parks and WSGA appreciate the 2,500-plus cachers who participated and shared their enthusiasm for our wonderful state park system.”

The Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour was created in June 2013 as part of the State Parks’ 100th anniversary celebration. The GeoTour featured more than 100 geocaches hidden at points of interest in 102 state parks across the state.

On June 6, the  GeoTour web page (http://j.mp/1M0R8FK) will no longer be active. Geocachers will still be able to view all the caches at http://j.mp/1RyI9Zp. In addition, the passport, guidelines and map are viewable and downloadable at on the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour page: http://parks.state.wa.us/124/Centennial-GeoTour

After Sept. 30, some caches may remain as regular caches at the discretion of individual parks and cache owners. But they won't be part of a GeoTour, and passport submissions will no longer be accepted after the Oct. 10 cutoff. State Parks is looking into offering new geoadventures in the future.

For more information about the State Parks GeoTour, contact Tina Dinzl-Pederson, State Parks, (360) 387-3342, christina.dinzl-pederson@parks.wa.gov or Abby Wolfe, Washington State Geocaching Association, (425) 283-2224, sageloki@gmail.com

About geocaching
Geocaching is real-world treasure hunt that takes participants to interesting places to find hidden objects using a GPS or a smartphone. More than 15 million people around the world play the game, and 2.7 million geocaches are hidden globally. For more information, visit: https://www.geocaching.com/guide/ 



About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:                                           

Tina Dinzl-Pederson, (360) 387-3342
Abby Wolfe, WSGA, (425) 283-2224
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604 

Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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