Outdoor Adventures: Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

It has been a crazy couple months for everyone! We imagine that whatever your family has been doing to pass the time during the pandemic, it is not quite how you imagined spending your spring days, but we’re hopeful you are able to find small joys in the environment around you. While this surely means more time at home, most of us thankfully still have access to nature.

Sunshine and vitamin D are essential to our mental and physical health, plus a breath of fresh air can do wonders for our little ones. In case you need an excuse or new activity to get your children outdoors today, we created an adventure hunt aimed at engaging the senses to scope out nature’s treasures.

Use this checklist (save a screenshot to your phone or print) to take a walk around your neighborhood, hike down a nearby trail, throughout a wide-open field or even a short trip to your backyard. To support your quest, some of our favorite hiking essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, a reusable water bottle and a Bug Bite Thing for any pests that get in your way.

Feel free to adapt the scavenger hunt according to your child’s age and interests. Encourage them to put their observation skills to work as they mark off each item on the checklist, and be sure to talk to them about their experiences as they explore. If you want to make it even more fun for the kids, suggest they bring along their own treasure-hunting kit, which could include anything from pirate attire to investigation tools, such as a magnifying glass or compass.

Now it’s time to grab your gear, feel the spring breeze and get ready to observe what Mother Earth has in store for you!


Use your senses to search for something that fits each category below and mark off the item as you find it.

Bug Bite Thing Nature Scavenger Hunt Sheet

Keep us posted on your exploration and feel free to share it with us on social media!


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