Materials needed:

  1. Printed copies of the Scavenger Hunt List (below)
  2. Pens or pencils
  3. Cameras (optional)
  4. Bags or containers for collection (optional, please respect local rules about collecting natural items)
  5. A sense of adventure and curiosity!

Scavenger Hunt List:

  1. An insect that flies
  2. A feather from a local bird species
  3. A leaf bigger than your hand
  4. A flower with more than one color
  5. A piece of bark that has fallen off a tree
  6. A pinecone from a local tree
  7. A rock with a distinct marking or color
  8. Evidence of an animal (tracks, fur, etc.)
  9. A cloud that looks like an animal or object
  10. A tree with a bird’s nest
  11. Something that makes a noise when you shake it (like a dried seed pod)
  12. A spider web
  13. A plant with thorns
  14. A piece of moss
  15. A body of water (river, lake, pond, etc.)
  16. An edible plant (ensure you can identify it correctly!)
  17. A mushroom or fungus
  18. Something soft
  19. Something rough
  20. A seed from a plant
  21. A beautiful sunset or sunrise (depends on the time of day)
  22. A snail or slug
  23. Something naturally heart-shaped (rock, leaf, etc.)
  24. A blooming tree
  25. A creature in the water (fish, frog, etc.)


  1. Respect nature – Don’t harm plants or animals during your search. If something can’t be moved or collected, take a picture or make a note of it.
  2. Stay safe – Don’t wander off too far, be aware of your surroundings, and don’t touch plants or animals you’re unfamiliar with.
  3. Have fun – This isn’t a race, take your time to explore and appreciate the natural world around you.

For an added challenge, consider creating a journal or sketchbook with notes, drawings, and pictures of your finds. You can also do further research on interesting things you discover, making this a great educational activity as well.

Additional tips:

  • Choose a location: The first step is to choose a location for your scavenger hunt. This could be a park, a forest, a backyard, or any other outdoor space.
  • Plan your route: Once you’ve chosen a location, you’ll need to plan your route. This will help you make sure that you cover all of the areas and that you don’t miss any of the items on your list.
  • Set a timer: If you’re looking for a challenge, you can set a timer for your scavenger hunt. This will add an element of excitement and make you more motivated to find all of the items on your list.
  • Work together: If you’re with a group of people, you can work together to find the items on your list. This can be a lot of fun and it can help you learn more about the natural world around you.
  • Take breaks: Don’t forget to take breaks during your scavenger hunt. This will help you stay hydrated, energized, and focused.
  • Celebrate your success: When you’ve completed your scavenger hunt, take some time to celebrate your success. You can do this by having a picnic, playing games, or just relaxing in nature.

I hope you enjoy your nature scavenger hunt!

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