Wisconsin DNR is hosting a bracket challenge of its own

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- As the NCAA Tournament is about to kick off, the Wisconsin DNR is launching its own bracket challenge. 16 of Wisconsin's lesser known and lesser used state parks will go head-to-head in the first ever "Wisconsin State Park Treasures" contest.

Up for grabs are bragging rights for the winning state park and a prize package for one lucky winner.

Beginning Wednesday, March 19, the public will have an opportunity to vote for one of the parks in the contest on the Department of Natural Resources Facebook page.

Parks selected for the contest represent different geographical regions of the state and are ones people may not be as familiar with as some of Wisconsin's highly visited parks.

Parks with the most votes by the end of each voting period move on in the competition until only one park remains. Everyone who votes is entered in a random drawing.

Voting periods are as follows:

First round: March 19-25: Green 16 teams
Second round: March 26-April 1: Great 8 teams
Third round: April 2-4: Fabulous 4 teams
Final round: April 5-7

The winning park will be announced on April 8, and one person will be randomly selected to win a prize package.

That package consists of a $50 Wisconsin state park campsite gift certificate, donated by Active Network, Inc., a 2014 resident annual state park sticker, a 2014 annual trail pass, and a campfire cookbook, all donated by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.