The “Trails to Treasure” Contest, brought to you by Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS), is a fun, free contest designed to get you, your friends and family out having fun on area trails and possibly coming home with some great prizes. The contest highlights Olmsted County's extensive trail system through a sport called "geocaching". Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt where people use handheld GPS units to find secret stores of valuables called "caches" hidden in parks and other public areas. Each cache hidden for this contest is intended to be family friendly - with only a short walk or bike ride required - but we hope you'll use the opportunity to explore even more of our great trail system!
Contest ended October 15, 2011.
How Does Trails to Treasure Work?
There are eight (8) special geocaches hidden throughout Olmsted County on trails and in parks. Don't worry, you don't have to find all eight to participate, you can find just one and still enter into the contest grand prize drawing. The goal is to simply explore the trails!
How to participate: Contest rules and cache locations
Participate with or without a GPS
The contest is designed to give you many options to participate; try any or all of these methods.
Hiking GPS Unit
If you have tried geocaching before you know the drill. Find the cache and log your find on Geocaching.com. For those of you new to geocaching there are opportunities to learn more and even borrow a GPS unit.
Most portable car GPS units, such as Nuvi or Tom Tom have a "coordinates mode." Just type in the GPS coordinates and change the "travel mode" to walking.
You can use an iPhone, Blackberry or Android-based smartphone to find caches. There are several geocaching applications available; most recommended is the "Geocaching App" by Groundspeak. The complete application is $9.95, but there is a free version which restricts you to finding the three closest geocaches. If you choose this method, go to the general area of one of the Trails to Treasure caches and begin searching. There is a free app for android phones called c:geo
You can participate without any handheld device by simply using Bing or Google maps. For each cache we have provided a link to the map location and provided a hint. These maps give a nice "bird's eye view" of the cache location.
If you have any questions about any of these methods, email:email@example.com
Trails to Treasure Geocaching Contest is now Over
The Olmsted County Public Health Trails to Treasure Geocaching Contest ended October 15th, 2011. Winners will be announced October 24th. Thanks for playing!
Posted Oct 19, 2011, 10:58 AM by OC Explorer
Contest Begins August 28th
Cache information will be posted here starting August 28th, 2011, You can search for caches through Oct 15th. Enter online, drop your entry form off and Olmsted County Public Health ...
Posted Aug 18, 2011, 12:41 PM by OC Explorer