Geocaching involves using a global positioning system (GPS) device to search for camouflaged containers (aka geocaches). The Minnesota state parks offer Geocaching 101 programs and loaner units for visitors to explore a wide range of terrain, including wheelchair accessible sites, as well as those that require scuba and rock-climbing gear. Some facts:

1. The state parks host upward of 9,000 participants in geocaching programs each year.

2. Geocaches are hidden at 74 Minnesota state parks and at seven state trails.

3. Previous geocaching programs have been inspired by historical sites, plants and animals. A new statewide program will be announced in the spring.

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