Geocaching had become a big thing in Minnesota State Parks. Interestingly enough, just a few years ago State Parks banned the outdoor hobby. But now they have done a North to a South (a 180) and embraced the activity. The geocaches placed in state parks get a lot of activity since the parks serve as a way for people to get introduced to the sport. In fact several parks are designated demo parks, and campers can check out GPS units to use if they don't have one. Jay Cooke is one such park and we had the chance to get out and hike some trails, solve some puzzles, and find their cache recently. Below is a picture of the St. Louis River from near the cache location.
Each park has its own critter card, which is like a baseball trading card with a picture of a different animal on it. The card idea is great because it appeals to both kids and adults, and has some fun facts about Minnesota critters.
If you have never tried Geocaching, a Minnesota State Park is a great place to start!