On Friday, April 13, Alabama State Parks will kickoff its 2012 Geocaching Challenge at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Ala. The kickoff event will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception in the Magnolia room at the park Lodge. The event continues Saturday morning, April 14, at 9 a.m. with Geocaching activities planned at pavilions two and four in the campground day use area.

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game in which players hunt for hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and can share their experiences online. For the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge, geocaches are being hidden at each of the 22 state parks. The caches will have a log book, trade items, and all are kid friendly.

Each cache will also contain clues to a puzzle cache. When geocachers complete the statewide challenge and successfully open the puzzle cache they will be rewarded with a specially designed Alabama State Parks Geocaching coin. The only way to receive this coin will be to complete the challenge.

A second Alabama State Parks coin is being produced and will be sold in each park gift shop. There will be two versions of the coin available, a trackable and non-trackable coin.

During the kickoff event, geocahers are invited to participate in a cache contest to be held at pavilion four on Saturday, and a Cache In-Trash Out (CITO) event at 9 a.m. at pavilion two. Registration for the cache contest is at 9 a.m., the contest begins at 10 a.m.  Various prizes will be awarded for the best cache including a free weekend at Lakepoint Resort State Park, and a weekend of free camping in the Chewacla State Park Campground during football season. Attendees will vote on the best cache, and winners of the contest will be announced during the noon event as well as the cache coordinates for all 22 state parks.

To make reservations at the Lakepoint Resort State Park lodge for the event 334-687-8011 or visit www.alapark.com. For more information about Geocaching visit www.geocaching.com.

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