The Minnesota State Park Geocaching Challenge took place from May 3rd, 2008 to January 1, 2009 in Minnesota State Parks. It took place to celebrate Minnesota's sesquicentennial or 150 year anniversary of statehood. A geocache is a container hidden anywhere across the globe that can be found using a Global Positioning System or GPS. This  is a link to a list of all of the geocaches involved in this challenge. The geocaches involved in the challenge were hidden by Minnesota State Park rangers under the Geocaching.com username Minnesota State Parks.
After finding a State Park geocache, you receive a History Card with a picture and quick facts from its respective state park. For the challenge, the state was divided into 5 regions, Northwest, Northeast, Central, Metro (metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul), and Southern. The idea of the challenge was to find all geocaches in all five regions and eventually, the entire state of Minnesota. After finding every geocache in a region, a geocache hunter must show all the History Cards to the park ranger and they will receive the coordinates to a regional challenge cache. (Here is an example: If you found all the caches in the Southern region, you must find another regional cache. For this region, the regional cache is located in Upper Sioux Agency State Park.) After finding all the geocaches in a region plus the regional cache, you receive a special medallion. Also, in order to complete the challenge, you must find all State Park geocaches in the state of Minnesota (this includes the regional caches) and find the Final 72 Park Geocache, located in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.
On January 1, 2009, the Minnesota State Park Geocaching Challenge ended and all of its involved geocaches were deleted (or in geospeak, archived).
Based on the first geocaching challenge, the parks are sponsoring the Minnesota State Parks Geocaching Wildlife Safari which runs from May 2, 2009 through May 2, 2012. The parks provide loaner GPS units for participants who do not own their own and the park staff is also conducting geocaching training sessions. The first to finish the challenge were Jason and Sarah Geisel on June 6, 2009. The parks are posting photos of all finishers on the contest website.
- ↑ Minnesota State Parks Geocaching Wildlife Safari. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
- ↑ Geocaching Wildlife Safari Finalists!. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
Geocaching-The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site <www.geocaching.com>
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