SARATOGA SPRINGS Sixteen state parks and historic sites in the Saratoga/Capital District Region will host 50 all new geocaches as part of the second annual Geocache Challenge starting this weekend .
To complete the challenge, participants must find 35 of the 50 geocaches by Veterans Day.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use a global positioning system (GPS) or alternative mobile device and basic navigational techniques to find hidden outdoor containers, called geocaches.
Usually small and waterproof, the geocaches typically contain a logbook, stamp, and small items for trading. The state park geocaches will also have stickers, small prizes, and/or other items related to the host park or site for participants to keep. Some of the parks are also offering bonus prizes.
For newcomers, some state parks will host Learn to Geocache workshops. Geocache passports can be picked up at the office of any participating park or site, or downloaded from the agency's website at www.nysparks.com. GPS coordinates for the State Park geocaches can be found at www.geocaching.com.
Minekill /Max V. Shaul State Parks, Schoharie Valley, June 22 at 10 a.m.
Grafton Lakes State Park, Rensselaer Plateau, July 6 at 1 p.m.
John Boyd Thacher State Park, Albany County, July 13 at 10 a.m.
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, Rensselaer County, 279-1155
Cherry Plain State Park, Cherry Plain, Rensselaer County, 733-5400
Crailo State Historic Site, Albany County, 463-8738
Crown Point State Historic Site, Essex County, 597-4666
Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, Rensselaer County, 279-1155
John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, Albany County, 872-1237
John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Essex County, 523-3900
Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Johnstown, Fulton County, 762-8712
Peebles Island State Park, Waterford, Saratoga County, 237-8643 ext. 3295
Max V. Shaul State Park, Fultonham, Schoharie County, 827-4711
Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim, Schoharie County, 827-6111
Moreau Lake State Park, Moreau, Saratoga County, 793-0511
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, 584-2000
Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing, Rensselaer County, 732-0187
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany County, 434-0834
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter, Montgomery County, 829-7516