What is GnomeFest?

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GnomeFest was originally a program at a summer camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania. One of our worker owners, Drew Holman, Worked at that camp for 5 summers and eventually became the head instructor of the Pottery Program. He took the existing GnomeFest, which was nothing more than the kids who loved pottery making gnome inspired projects. Drew took the program and with the help of those kids, turned GnomeFest into an activity that went viral! Drew and his little helpers made hundreds of ceramic gnomes. Campers were able to hunt for these gnomes that were hidden all over the place. If you found one, you could keep it! Or, you could hide it again and know someone else would get to experience the joy of having that same experience. Some of the gnomes had indicators that it was a prize gnome! If someone found one of the prize gnomes, they got to claim Gnome inspired hand made ceramic wares made by the staff of the pottery studio. In addition to that, cabins got gnome points for banning together to pick up litter around the camp property.

It Inspired social responsibility and a spirit of kindness among the campers!  This is what we aim to do bring to Missoula and the surrounding area. We need this mindset now more than ever! We will be hiding these gnomes at every trail system, city parks, and many Missoula Hangouts.

It's our way of giving back to our community. We wanted to create an activity that is open air and family friendly but all ages could get excited about. We all need a chance to play to let our inner child have that outlet of expression. It's our gift to our community.


We are looking forward to watching the adventures that unfold! Make sure to tag us in your social media posts and use #gnomefestmissoula to link up with other gnomefest adventurers!   There will be prizes for finding specific gnomes and for gathering sets of gnomes that will be hidden in separate places!

We will be announcing the beginning of GnomeFest with the realease of a GnomeFest Song sometime in the spring of 2021. This event will be a yearly offering the same time ever year!

Gnomefest Community Guidelines and Prize accepting procedure

  • Participants are encouraged to pick up litter found along the trails or parks while they are out looking for Gnomefest items -BECOME AN EARTH KEEPER

  • Please dispose of any litter that is collected through your home garbage/recycling services.

  • Anyone that tags us in a social media post of people participating in Gnomefest litter pick-up can claim a free bottle of kombucha at our farmer's market booth.

  • Participants can keep any Gnome or palm stone that they find, but please don't take more than is fair. If you find more than a few items we are encouraging you to find new places to hide them so that you can also enjoy the fun of bringing joy to others!

  • Some Gnomes will be marked as prize gnomes and will be holding mushrooms or other items that will be highlighted with real Gold.

  • Prize Gnomes can be turned in in exchange for hand made ceramic art pieces made by one of our owners Drew Holman.

  • Pictures of prizes available will be posted on this site page as well as our Instagram @backtothemother

  • Some gnomes will be attached to cryptocurrency-based offerings. Anyone that finds a gnome holding a golden coin should reach out to drew@backtothemother.earth to make arrangements to accept crypto-specific prizes.

  • Some Gnomes will be apart of sets. if these sets are completed by either individual or by groups of individuals they can tag us in a picture of the completed set on social media by using #gnomefestmissoula. Participants that complete this task will earn a full 6 pack for each person involved in completing the set (one participant per gnome in the set).

  • free kombucha singles and 6 packs can be picked up at our local farmer's market booth.

  • updates on the event can be found on our Instagram account story and feed (@backtothemother).

Where to look for gnomes!?!?

The GnomeFest Map

Map will be updated when the event starts!


Missoula, Montana