Cooler weather’s coming, but interest is heating up on the North Carolina State Parks free Pocket Ranger® mobile app. That’s because we just launched a new GeoChallenge (a popular alternative to geocaching) designed to help everybody make the most of outdoor explorations. The North Carolina State Parks Passport Challenge uses the app’s advanced GPS mapping features to guide you to all of the state’s spectacular state parks, offering the chance to win gift cards and outdoor gear.
The goal of the GeoChallenge? Be the first to visit all of North Carolina’s 40 state parks. As you travel, you’ll rack up points at each location. Easy-to-reach parks will earn five points, while more challenging, out-of-the-way locales can snag up to 20. Along the way you’ll visit breathtaking mountains, dune-strewn beaches, interesting geological features, and more of North Carolina’s most unique spots.
With the North Carolina State Parks Passport Challenge, you can score prizes and engage in a bit of friendly competition. All of those points you’ll be earning will put you one step closer to the grand prize, a $100 gift card to an outdoor retailer. The lucky runner-up will nab a $50 gift card. Even if you can’t make it to all of the destinations, you’ll still have a chance to earn a prize. The first 10 players to visit 10 individual state parks will receive a piece of cool Pocket Ranger® gear.
Of course, rewards aren’t the only thing you can earn as you play. There’s also the satisfaction of seeing yourself atop the leaderboard. Knock out other players as you ascend to the top, and keep tabs on your fellow competitors.
Getting started is easy: go here to download the North Carolina State Parks Pocket Ranger® app. Register with a username and password, then select “Join this Challenge!” on the North Carolina State Parks Passport Challenge description page. Once you’re registered, you can also join the challenge through the app by tapping the “Challenges” button on the home screen, selecting “Login”, and then using the “GeoChallenges” tab to access the North Carolina State Parks Passport Challenge where you can select “Start”.
The challenge runs until September 1, 2014, so you have plenty of time to visit the parks in the seasons when they’re most beautiful.