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HOMESTEAD, Fla. --- Biscayne National Park joined the new Find Your Park GeoTour launched today by Geocaching HQ in Seattle, Washington. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial and the Find Your Park campaign, Geocaching HQ created a customized presentation - a GeoTour - of geocaching opportunities at national parks and partner places across the country.
“Geocaching visitors are excited to play the game and learn something new wherever they go, and Biscayne National Park is just as thrilled to integrate its caches into a nationwide program,” said park ranger Gary Bremen. “Geocaches are a great way to reach younger, digitally-engaged adventure seekers.”
Increasingly, national parks are directing and managing their own ParkCaching programs. The programs combine geocaching with National Park Service ranger-quality interpretive and educational content. Biscayne National Park’s first official geocache was launched in 2011 and expanded to include an Earth Cache (virtual cache). Both locations are included in the new Find Your Park GeoTour, and several more caches will be introduced in the coming months.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache container hidden at that location or document a geologic feature with a photograph. More than 800,000 people in the United States participate in geocaching with their friends and families, and over 2.5 million geocaches exist worldwide.
The Find Your Park GeoTour is one of 64 GeoTours in the United States, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, the Azores and more. Participants use a free mobile application on their smartphones and registration on the geocaching website is free. More information on the program may be found at - www.geocaching.com/play/geotours/findyourpark.
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