Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ages: 7 - 13

Gender: Male and/or Female

A scavenger hunt is a great way to help kids develop an appreciation for nature. It gives them an excuse to explore it more fully and encourages them to take the time to notice the details.

This particular nature scavenger hunt helps your kids to think creatively about nature as well as giving them the fun of finding items on the list. It involves activities such as observation, written descriptions, drawing or photography, and collecting specimens. You can play this scavenger hunt game with just a blank notepad, some pencil crayons and a paper bag, or if each child has a digital camera, they can take photos instead of drawing what they see. The camera is also a great way to capture the memories of this fun event.

It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to set up a scavenger hunt in a natural setting. Simply print out the list of items below (one copy for each child participating in the hunt) and take it with you to your favorite mountain or forest trail.

Set a specific time limit on the hunt (half an hour if your kids get distracted easily, or up to an hour and a half if they have better concentration) and hand out the following things to each child:

• A scavenger list
• A blank notepad
• A paper bag
• A set of pencil crayons OR a digital camera

Have them fill out the scavenger list according to the instructions. When they have completed all the activities, they can bring their list back to you and claim their prize. Ideally, the prizes will reflect the nature them. Here are a few ideas that might work depending on the kids ages:
• A seedling tree they can plant in their backyard and watch grow
• A wooden birdfeeder with paints that they can use to decorate it
• An adventure pack with granola bars, compass, binoculars
Campfire ghost storybook and flashlight
Swiss army knife or all-in-one hiking/adventure tool

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Make sure you remind everyone not to eat anything they find and not to put their hands near their mouths once they’ve touched berries, mushrooms, etc. Remind them that wherever possible, they should not disturb nature, and leave it as they found it.

Remember, this is a great time to educate the kids on the outdoors. You might want to teach them not to eat unknown foods or not to disturb nature among other things.

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