Scavenger Hunts and Nature Walks are a great way to get everyone outside. After the novelty of spring weather wears off and you find yourself in need of ideas for enjoying the great outdoors with your tribe, try a few of these fun ideas!
13 Ideas for a Spring Nature Walk
- Spring Nature Walk Senses Scavenger Hunt–a checklist from Go Explore Nature, a fun nature blog based in Los Angeles
- Bug Scavenger Hunt–with pictures! (Go Explore Nature)
- Spring Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt–a list of spring items to capture with your camera (Go Explore Nature)
- Take a Color Walk—(Go Explore Nature)
- Signs of Spring–nature journal page from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study (one of my favorite nature bloggers)
- First Day of Spring–nature journal page (Handbook of Nature Study)
- Easter Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Thing Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt–a checklist from Ohio State Parks
- Spring Scavenger Hunts–4 different hunts, with pictures (Craft, Interruped)
- Spring Scavenger Hunt–pictures glued to the top of an egg carton! If you love Pinterest, you’ll love this one. (I Am Momma-Hear Me Roar)
- Nature Scavenger Hunt—non-spring-specific checklist(The Taylor House)
- Nature Scavenger Hunt–non-spring-specific checklist (How to Nest for Less)
- Spring Scavenger Hunt–checklist (Susan’s Homeschool Blog)
Need some motivation for adding–prioritizing, even–more outside time to your family’s schedule? I HIGHLY recommend this book for all parents, teachers, service-providers, etc: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.
And don’t forget to give your kids an officially designated spot to show off their excellent nature finds: Exploring Nature With Kids: The Nature Display.
More nature resources for kids:
- Favorite Children’s Books for Spring
- Poems for Spring
- Excellent Nature Biography for Kids (John Bartram, America’s first naturalist)
- Free Nature Journal Resources for Kids
- Naturalist-Recommended Wildflower Guides
- On-the-Go Nature Guides for Kids
Happy Nature Walking!
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page