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Wintermission Says Get Active, Get the Gold

scavenger hunt will encourage families to explore local parks

Eau Claire City-County Health Department, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

A winter walk in Eau Claire's Phoenix Park.
A winter walk in Eau Claire's Phoenix Park.

Put your luck to the test and follow the rainbow to the pot of gold on the St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt, Good as Gold, sponsored by Wintermission Eau Claire and Eau Claire Healthy Communities Chronic Disease Prevention Action Team.

This scavenger hunt will bring you on twists and turns through eight Eau Claire parks, searching for leprechauns, gold coins, lucky dice, and more! The best part: You can win a $50 gift card to Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor or to Metropolis Resort by sending photos of yourself in front of the lucky charms you find on your adventure.

Wintermission Eau Claire and Eau Claire Healthy Communities Chronic Disease Prevention Action Team have partnered all winter long to create fun, safe, and family-friendly ways to enjoy the outdoors during a time when so many winter activities have been postponed due to COVID-19. Activities have included a Hygge Challenge promoting coziness during winter, a colorful Snow Sculpture Challenge, and more.

In an effort to support local businesses, participants have been entered to win a $50 gift card to places such as Altoona Family Restaurant, 44 North, Olson’s Ice Cream, ECDC and more. Getting active outside whenever possible is great for our health, and we want to help you find ways to be creative. 

While the Good as Gold Scavenger Hunt will run until the end of March, you can create your own magic and at-home learning fun. Ideas can include:

Search for items in your home that start with each letter of the alphabet.

Challenge your family to find all the colors of the rainbow in your backyard. If you spot one you don’t know, talk about it!

Practice identifying shapes, from simple shapes like rectangles and squares to three-dimensional shapes like cubes and cylinders. Young learners will be fascinated to learn that our world is made of all kinds of shapes.

Try a nature-themed hunt to learn about seasons, plants, and animals by exploring different textures, colors, and shapes.

When you use your imagination, the possibilities are endless. See you out there!

To submit your Good as Gold Scavenger Hunt photos starting March 1, please visit For more information on Eau Claire winter fun, check out the @Wintermission Eau Claire and @Eau Claire Healthy Communities pages on Facebook.