Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Forest Lands Offer Great Opportunities for Scavenger Hunts

Forest lands are a perfect place to host a scavenger hunt. Include this as part of the agritourism experience at your farm. To begin:
-Create a list of items participants can scavenge for.
-Group participants in groups and assign an adult to each group.
-Give each participant a copy of the list.
-Suggestions for list: feathers, leaves of various colors, seeds or cones, flowers. If children have access to a camera include animal burrows or dens, live animals spotted, birds, animal scat (poop).
-Give a time limit for the hunt. (15-30 minutes)
-Have everyone meet back at a pre-determined site.
-Give every participant an opportunity to share what they found.
-Allow participants to tell their stories about how they retreived or found items.

This is a great way to get children involved in nature and seeing the wonderful resources that are part of agricultural lands.

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