There’s still time to complete your GeoTour of King County parks, trails

August 4, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 4, 2013

Discover a King County park or trail you’ve never explored before — and earn a commemorative geocoin, too — by taking King County Parks’ GeoTour this summer.

The tour began in 2012 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the county’s first use of Conservation Futures funds to purchase land threatened by development, according to a news release from King County Parks.

All 20 sites on the GeoTour are part of King County Parks, thanks to Conservation Futures.

Numerous GeoTour participants have provided feedback to King County about their experiences:

·        “If you haven’t done this tour, you should!” wrote one participant who was getting a passport stamp from the Spring Lake — Lake Desire geocache near Maple Valley. “It has been great fun, and we have seen so many great places that we would never have gone. I would encourage each and every one of you to ‘get out and tour.’”

·        “What a great area to rest, enjoy the beauty of nature and just think,” wrote another geocacher who was exploring the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near the Tokul Creek trestle.

The King County Parks GeoTour is the perfect summertime activity for individuals, families and groups. Participation is easy. Go to http://1.usa.gov/Q1Nvwm to find the passport, which includes instructions and space for 20 stamps that can be found in geocache boxes hidden at the 20 different locations.

Participants have until Oct. 6 to find all 20 geocaches and collect the 20 stamps to claim their commemorative geocoin.

For more than 30 years, government and nonprofit groups across King County have used the Conservation Futures Tax to protect from development 111,000 acres of land, forests, shorelines, greenways and trails, including gems such as Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, plus urban parks, greenbelts and agricultural land. Learn more about the program here.

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