The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) created a successful statewide Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge last year, and is continuing with more than 10,000 geocache finds to date, as a way to intrigue children through the use of technology and gaming and encouraging families to get outside and enjoy park amenities.
Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt game that uses a GPS unit or smartphone app a to find hidden caches. After reaching a location utilizing latitude and longitude coordinates, hunters search the terrain using clues to find hidden items on trails, in parks or special secret areas. Geocaches are never buried and are hidden all around the world, allowing anyone to play.
Every Texas State Park has at least one special geocache, and visitors can earn prizes, depending on how many caches in total they find. Nearly every cache from the previous statewide challenge has been refreshed and moved to a new location. Approximately 90 TPWD properties across Texas will be participating in the Statewide Geocache Challenge, and many parks offer geocache workshops.