Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 5.55.18 PMPoint of the Game: In celebration of the Earth, and our connection to all life, we invite you to play the Love This Place Story Mapping Challenge! The Story Mapping Challenge is remarkably simple and rewarding, and can be played on any device. Let’s awaken our innate biophilia, or “love of life”, in people around the world so that we can turn our love for these places into effectively caring for them!

Rules of the Game: To play, take a photo of a place that you love in the natural world, and post it to the Esri Story Map with a brief story describing its significance to you! Your favorite place could be near a creek, where the sun glitters off the surface, mesmerizing your heart. Or, it could be a forest path you often take, full of mystery and hidden wonder. Maybe it’s even your own backyard, where time stands still as you sit and watch the seasons unfold before your eyes!

Don’t let your home and places be left off the Story Map! Show the Earth your love!

Rules of Strategy: Think of places that greatly impact your well-being that you may take for granted. Show these places a little love by dedicating a love letter to them on the Esri Story Map!

Tools and Equipment:

  • Camera or camera phone
  • Esri Story Map to tell your story about the place you love

 Add Your Place to the Story Map Here!


The Story Mapping Challenge offers a way to identify and celebrate the places that we love.  This Way to Play first appeared as part of the Serve the Earth Week – Love This Place! coopetition, but it can be played any time of the year.  If you have questions or suggestions regarding this Way to Play, please contact Joey Crotty at Joey@CompassionGames.Org.