Outdoor Scavenger Hunts
Here at Get Outdoors PA, we hope you have a wonderful July 4th planned! If you are looking for a last minute activity that can be done with people of all ages, consider an outdoor scavenger hunt. Not only are scavenger hunts fun, they also encourage teamwork, exercise, and even education!
It’s easy to get started, simply look at your age group and location, and complete the following steps.
- Choose the objects for your hunt! What items are easily found and readily available (meaning not in high places, unsafe areas, etc.) within a short walk?
- Next, make sure that the items can’t be confused with any unsafe look-a-likes…think poison ivy, berries that may look yummy to youngsters, and insects that can bite. Leaves of three, let them be…well, maybe “leaf” them all off the list if you catch my drift!
- Prepare your list, and for harder to find items create a map. A basic map can be easy to follow and is great for young kids and seniors. For a traditional hunt, use cloth bags for item collection. But why not try to be eco-friendly and do a photo scavenger hunt, have participants draw what they see, or record items in a journal. This is great for plants, insects and other animals that cannot physically be collected.
- Finally, have participants share their findings. It really is the best part and can lead to wonderful stories and memories that can last a lifetime!