Nature Scavenger Hunt

If you're up to the challenge, organize a camping scavenger hunt game and let the kids show off their nature skills. It's just one way to keep them occupied and the searches are incredibly fun! If you're at summer camp or outdoors on a nature walk, you can separate children into teams award prizes to the winners. Each kid or team should have a small flashlight because even in the daytime, it's hard to peer into nooks and crannies.

If possible, give the teams disposable cameras and you can extend your list by having them take pictures of items they can't bring back, such as deer tracks, a butterfly or bird. When the hunt is over, include the pictures in a scrapbook and enjoy the memories for years to come. Depending on the age of the hunters, you may need to limit the outside area to which they can seek for the items on their list. It's a good idea to give everyone a whistle and tell them to stay within the group. The following is a list of some of the best things that nature has to offer.

List of Items

  • Acorn
  • Animal Tracks
  • Caterpillar
  • Clover
  • Driftwood (small piece)
  • Feather
  • Fern
  • Flowers
  • Insect or bug
  • Items categorized by color or texture
  • Leaves (of trees native to the area)
  • Moss
  • Mulberries
  • Piece of litter left behind by someone else
  • Pine Cone
  • Pine Needles
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Shell
  • Snail
  • Tree bark from fallen branch
  • Worm
“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” - Alan S. Kesselheim