Have fun in VA State Parks this summer!

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Virginia State Parks Blooming Adventure Geocaching ProgramVirginia State Parks are not only a great place to enjoy nature, but are also a great place to learn about the native wildflowers of our state. Virginia is home to over 40 native species of wildflowers and many can be found in our beautiful State Parks, so dust off your GPS and hit the trails for another exciting outdoor adventure with the Virginia State Parks Blooming Adventure. This geocaching series will highlight the wildflowers of Virginia and will get you ready for spring!


How does it work?
Are you new to geocaching? First, you need to get a little background about this activity. Go towww.geocaching.com to learn all about it, and while you are there go ahead and create a user account with a cool nickname so you can keep track of all of the caches you find. Additionally, you need to register on this site so you can claim prizes starting with your fifth Blooming Adventure cache. Then click here to find a list of all the park caches. Select a park that you want to visit, download the coordinates to your GPS, print out any hints or instructions that you need to take with you, and you are on your way. After your visit, remember to log back in at www.geocaching.com to log your find.


Don’t have a GPS unit…no problem! All parks have GPS rental units that are available for a small charge. (Park offices and visitor centers are open on a limited basis…call ahead if you are planning to rent a unit.)


Are you a seasoned geocacher? Then you already know the drill. Click here to get a full list of the game caches and pick the park or parks you plan to visit. While you are on the park’s game cache site, don’t forget to select the “nearby caches” option to pick up a few extra finds while you are there. Log your cache visits on geocaching.com just like any other cache, but when you get to the 5-park level, register on this site to get a special prize. Keep going to collect more prizes and if you find all 34 caches, you might just get something special.