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National Philanthropy Week—Geocaching Grinnell

Do you enjoy a good treasure hunt?  If so, join us for a Grinnell Geocaching hunt during National Philanthropy Week and learn a bit about Philanthropy at Grinnell while gathering fun swag and prizes! 

To participate

Pick up a 4 T’s of Philanthropy Passport at the SAC National Philanthropy Week Table in front of the JRC Marketplace then head across campus to discover the 8 hidden caches listed below. Take a piece of treasure for yourself, grab the related passport sticker (not all locations have stickers), and, at the end of the week, turn in your completed passport at the Student Alumni Council Talent Swap to be entered in a raffle for a set of Apple air pods (or a similar version for Android users) and other fun prizes!
Every location featured in the treasure hunt is a special place made possible entirely by a gift to Grinnell College.

Grinnell Geocache Treasure Locations

Answer each riddle to discover the location of all 8 geocaches!

  1. These boxes once held mail, but now they highlight the generous donors that made this building possible.
  2. There have been a lot of firsts on this campus. Find the cache where history marks the first football game west of the Mississippi.
  3. Alumni give a great deal to the College and to each other. Some alumni made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in service to the nation. Find the plaque honoring them in a reverent building and you will find the next cache.
  4. Grinnell College is one of the few institutions in the country to offer no-loan financial aid packages. Head to the source of financial aid knowledge to gain access to this cache.
  5. The movie Forrest Gump won the Oscar for Best Picture the year this class graduated from Grinnell College. You will find this cache in the classroom this class year’s alumni collaboratively funded with their donations.
  6. A recent donor gift by John B. Chambers ’77 provided the College with an intricately poetic piece of artwork by Gregory M. Gomez ’80 where you can find this cache.
  7. Each year, nearly 100 alumni provide Grinnell College students with short-term shadowing experiences either virtually or in-person during spring break. Head to the place where you can learn more about the Externship program to find this cache.
  8. This sculpture is named in honor of famous professor Grant O. Gale’s wife Harriet, but is generally known by its name honoring the beginning and end of the Greek alphabet.

Don’t forget to join us at the Student Alumni Council Talent Swap Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center, Room 101 at 7 p.m. to discover the results of the Geocaching raffle! 

Learn more about the SAC on their website https://sac.sites.grinnell.edu/.