Get Out: Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

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A scavenger hunt in nature is a great way to get kids outdoors and more in tune with their surroundings.

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I remember junior high scavenger hunts. We usually had a list of stuff to go up and down the neighborhood, asking folks to let us have or borrow. It was more than a little awkward. And, I suppose if we had stumbled upon the wrong kind of neighbors, could have been dangerous.

But a nature scavenger hunt can be lots of fun and can be a great way to get your kids to really engage with their surroundings when in wood or nature preserve.

A scavenger hunt doesn’t have to be complicated, either. It’s similar, I suppose, to letterboxing. But, you don’t have to find a specific thing, just a general one. Give your kids a list of things to look for while you’re out in the great outdoors.

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Today’s Challenge: Go on a nature scavenger hunt with your kids.

I’ve put together a short little list of things to look for. You don’t need to go far afield. My kids could probably spot all these things in and around our neighborhood. But, if you head to the local nature center or wooded area, you should be set there as well. Feel free to make your own list.

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  1. Hello, I would love to see the Outside in 30 list, but the link is not working. Is this still available? Also, was this list inspired from a book? I thought I saw that somewhere when I originally found this post, which was a while ago…so I might be remembering that wrong!

    1. Hey Megan! It wasn’t a book, just a blog series that I did back in 2013. Unfortunately, this was the only post from that series that survived a recent content audit. So sorry for the confusion!