Refer a Friend – Help Kids Learn about GPS


This is Karla. She is a student at a low income elementary school in Texas and a member of the after-school technology club, Tech-Click.

In 2009, Groundspeak was able to provide three GPS devices to Karla’s club through DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects teachers with donors to fulfill classroom needs.

These three GPS devices allowed Karla and others in her club to learn about latitude, longitude, spatial concepts and more. Karla sent us this letter to thank us for the donation:

Now, you can help others like Karla learn about GPS technology simply by telling people about geocaching. From June 1- 30, 2011, for each new member that you refer to Geocaching.com, we’ll donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org.

How it works:

  1. You introduce someone new to geocaching. You can take them out on the trail with you, send them our new “tell a friend” email, write a blog or simply shout about it from the rooftops.
  2. The person that you introduced to geocaching signs up for an account (Basic or Premium) between June 1 and June 30 and fills out the “referred by” field on the account creation page. (Make sure to give them your Geocaching.com username so that they can fill out this field.)
  3. He or she logs at least one geocache between June 1 and June 30.
  4. We give US $1 to GPS-related projects on DonorsChoose.org.


The more people you refer, the more money we can donate to classrooms in need, up to a total of $10,000 USD!

Teach your friends about geocaching and help provide students like Karla with the tools they need to have engaging learning experiences.

We will be providing regular updates on the number of referrals here on Latitude 47 and on Facebook. Thank you for helping!

We also wish our brother was as nice as you.


The Groundspeak Lackeys



  • De broekies

    I guess this only applies for schools in the United States and not for Europe?

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  • armadillogal

    I am doing a talk at our local library in June. I will be sure to participate.

  • HOWsMom

    How about introducing about 18 new people ?

    I took my Beaver Scouts out geocaching 2 weeks ago, 15 kids and 5 parents that stayed, plus 3 other leaders – none of which were familiar with it before hand.
    They had a great time – all groups found all 4 caches I’d set out for them.

  • Michaelj Welch

    hey found first cach! geocaching is the funest things ever. found out of the ball park put in dice took basketball pingpong ball.

  • Jf20938

    Please can Groundspeak state if donations are requested from outside the US and if the beneficiaries are limited to the US and its territories. For the richest country in the world to seek charitable contributions from overseas would seem a clumsy parochial gaffe, to say the least. Please explain. Thanks.

  • Lmtorbush

    We will be introducing over 150 kids to geocaching this summer at a cub scout day camp.

  • Mowphoto

    THIS is awesome a youthgroup is getting ready to go out and hopefully they will all desice join:)

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  • authorized users

    It is July 1 and it doesn’t seem as if the goal was met.  Maybe Groundspeak could still donate the full $10k??  I’d love to see a follow-up to this story!