Scavenger Hunt Ideas

 
Want to give your kids a good reason to go exploring & have fun . . . while learning more about nature at the same time? Scavenger hunts are great fun during a camping trip – at the beach, in the woods, or wherever you happen to be.

Just give your kids a bucket and a list and let them go exploring. Younger kids will need more help, of course, and can be paired up with an older sibling or with Mom or Dad. Check out these lists for ideas or use one of our printable checklists (linked at the bottom of this page) for a ready-to-go scavenger hunt.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

  • • Pinecone
  • • Oak leaf
  • • Maple leaf
  • • Crab Apple
  • • Wild Berry (Don’t eat it without Mom or Dad’s permission!)
  • • Mushroom (Also don’t eat without permission!)
  • • Stone or Pebble
  • • Acorn
  • • Yellow flower
  • • Red Flower
  • • Feather
  • • Seashell
  • • Sand Dollar
  • • Mermaid’s Purse (shark or ray egg case)
  • • Kelp or Seaweed
  • • Sand
  • • Litter

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Instead of gathering these items, let your kids take a picture of each one with a digital camera or cell phone. When they’re finished, you can enjoy looking at all the pictures. You might even want to have them printed and make a special “Camping Scavenger Hunt” photo album.

  • • Hummingbird
  • • Wild Grapevine
  • • Deer
  • • Chipmunk or Squirrel
  • • American Flag
  • • Pine Tree
  • • Cat Tails
  • • Mountain
  • • Bird’s Nest
  • • Beaver Dam
  • • A Water Bird (duck, goose, heron, etc.)
  • • Water (stream, river, lake, or ocean)
  • • Seagull
  • • Beach Ball
  • • Palm Tree
  • • Pier
  • • Driftwood
  • • Beach Umbrella
  • • Sand Dune
  • • Sailboat
  • • Sandcastle
  • • Ship on the Horizon
  • • Sea Oats
  • • Footprints in the Sand
  • • Crab Holes in the Sand

Printable Scavenger Hunt Checklists

Download these scavenger hunt checklists before your next camping adventure. You’re welcome to print as many as you’d like for  your own family’s use. Have fun!

For Younger Kids:

For Older Kids:

Note: All files are in PDF format and require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing & printing.