Second year for contest offers first prizes of annual camping permit or two-night cabin rental
PRATT -- Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the next great adventure will find it in a geocaching contest this summer at Kansas state parks. From May 1 to Nov. 1, each state park and some other Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) locations have two caches hidden. The coordinates of the first cache site are posted on the KDWP website, Participants will use hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) to find and open the first cache, where they will find the coordinates of the second cache site. Upon finding the second cache site, the participant will sign a log sheet and take a certificate to turn in to that park office. Then they will receive a park-specific location ink pen and the official statewide KDWP Geocaching Entry Form. Entry forms can be validated at all KDWP park and regional offices, as well as the Pratt Operations Office, for each second cache found.

Prizes will be awarded based first on how many points are earned. Every second geocache found at each participating location will be worth one point. Prizes will be awarded on a point and time system after the contest ends Nov. 1. First place prizes (maximum of 50 winners) will be a choice between two nights in a KDWP camping cabin or one annual camping permit for 2010. The first 50 participants to earn all of the 31 points and submit their forms win a first-place prize.

Those who earn 31 points but mail their forms in after the first 50 will receive second-place prizes, a choice between one night in a camping cabin or a 14-day camping permit for 2010. Two nights camping and utilities will be awarded for third place winners.

This is the second year of this new outdoor recreation opportunity for Kansas Wildlife and Parks, one that may introduce many new patrons to state parks and other KDWP areas, as well as provide new activities for regular customers.