Clark College joins Vancouver Rocks!

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2017

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College hides Clark-themed rocks as part of the popular community art movement


VANCOUVER, Wash. — Starting August 4, those who paint, hide, and hunt for rocks around their community as part of the popular Vancouver Rocks! movement have a new kind of rock to search for: Clark College is hiding 100 hand-painted rocks in Southwest Washington.

Vancouver-area residents will have the chance to find Clark-themed rocks hidden in parks and other public spaces. In addition to adding a rock to their collection, each community member who finds a Clark rock can redeem it at the college’s Welcome Center, located in Gaiser Hall on the main campus, for a free cookie from the McClaskey Culinary Institute. One special rock, painted by Clark’s culinary faculty, will earn its finder lunch for two at the institute. Rocks may be redeemed between September 25 and December 31, 2017. Clark College is located at 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Wash. For maps and directions, visit

The rocks are hidden throughout the college’s service district—meaning not just Vancouver, but also all of Clark and Skamania counties as well as part of Klickitat County. Each rock has a label on the back that explains how the rocks can be redeemed. 

Started about a year ago, Vancouver Rocks! is based on a simple idea: People paint rocks and then hide them in public spaces; other people find the rocks, and then re-hide them for others to find. Often, people post their finds, as well as hints on where to find rocks, on a public Facebook group with more than 35,000 followers. The goal is to build community, encourage creativity, and provide individuals and families with a fun, free activity–all ideas that made it a natural fit for Clark College.

About Clark College

Located in Vancouver’s Central Park and serving more than 12,000 students per quarter, Clark College is Washington state’s second-largest single-campus, for-credit community college. The college currently offers classes at two satellite locations: one on the Washington State University Vancouver campus and one in the Columbia Tech Center in East Vancouver. Additionally, its Economic & Community Development program is housed in the Columbia Bank building in downtown Vancouver.