Modern-day treasure hunters will get to explore sites in and around Roseburg for a chance to win a unique prize in the 10th Annual Discover Roseburg/Land of Umpqua Geocache Series, which kicks off on Feb. 1.

Organized by Roseburg Parks and Recreation, the event begins at 9 a.m. inside the Roseburg Public Library. Once participants receive a passport, the hunt begins. The passports list the coordinates to five traditional and 15 virtual caches, and asks a question at each location to verify the “hunter” found the correct location.

The event ends with a raffle drawing at 2 p.m. at the library, inside the Ford Room.

Participants have a chance to win one of the 200 limited-edition, 10th anniversary Geocoins.

“We picked the cache locations in such a way that folks get to discover our parks and other prominent Roseburg sites,” Roseburg Parks Manager Kris Ammerman said in a prepared statement. “Our goal is for visitors to have so much fun that they want to revisit Roseburg.”

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device to hide and seek containers, called “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates. Originating in Oregon back in 2000, geocaching has grown to become a popular worldwide outdoor activity.

“We get visitors from all over the region that come down to participate in the event,” Ammerman said. “It’s impressive when you think about it. This event draws in people who have never been to Roseburg. The economic impact is also impressive. I like the fact that it brings people into our area to visit our businesses during an otherwise slow time of year.”

For more information about the event, call Roseburg Parks and Recreation at 541-492-6730, or go to www.CityofRoseburg.org.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

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