Ohio State Park Lodges Combine Sustainability and Treasure Hunt

Combining a passion for the environment with the fun of hunting treasure, five Ohio State Park Lodges are offering the “Cache In, Trash Out (CITO)” initiative that will allow lodge guests to save 50 percent of the rental fees on a GPS unit.

geocachingGeocaching is gaining in popularity and is especially appealing in pristine, outdoor settings like Ohio’s state parks. Using a Global Positioning System (GPS), participants seek out “treasure” by entering pre-determined coordinates and finding the trails that take them to a final destination. There, an item has been placed – often hidden under a rock, in a hollowed-out tree or underwater.

With the lodges’ CITO initiative, geocaching participants take along a small recyclable bag and fill it with trash that they find while searching for treasure. When they return the bag along with the GPS, they receive a rebate of 50 percent off the GPS rental price. The GPS units are available at the five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts.


“Knowing that you are doing something to make an already-beautiful setting even better certainly enhances everyone’s experience,” said Dianna Rom, regional director of sales and marketing for Ohio State Park Lodges. “Saving on the rental fee is just a nice bonus to show our appreciation.”

Located throughout the state and within an easy drive of major cities in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, the lodges are Salt Fork State Park Lodge in central Ohio near Cambridge, Mohican State Park Lodge in north central Ohio near Loudonville, Punderson Manor State Park Lodge in northeastern Ohio near Newbury, Maumee Bay State Park Lodge in northwestern Ohio near Toledo and Deer Creek State Park Lodge near Columbus.

Each lodge offers a wide range of activities suitable for every member of the family. During the summer, lodges offer supervised children’s activities including crafts and water games. There are also games like basketball, volleyball, archery, disc golf, shuffleboard and horseshoes; water adventures like fishing and boating and naturalist programs.

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