With the beautiful Spring weather here, the call of the wild is upon us, singing her siren song to come out and play. And under normal circumstances that is what we’d all being doing right now – gathering on the beaches, hosting barbecues, and hitting the trails, as we enjoy the Great Outdoors. This, the Spring of 2020, is not a normal Spring however, as we – the World – find ourselves in a global pandemic. Meaning we cannot congregate and gather in the great outdoors just now, for both our own safety and for the safety of others, as we need to socially distance to stop the spread of the virus. In many areas this means the trails are closed, as many trails are too narrow to safely socially distance along them.
For many of us, this poises a challenge, as nature brings us peace and relaxation, and calms our anxieties. I am certainly one such person. Pondering this, I put together this Spring Neighbourhood Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt, as a fun, calming activity to enjoy, while social distancing, getting some exercise, and taking the time to notice nature all around us, even in the city. Just please be aware of and respectful of others, keeping socially distanced from them while playing and enjoying a walk in your neighbourhood.
Please Note Here: if you are under a full quarantine order from COVID-19, this can be modified to do in your backyard, on your porch or deck, from your balcony, or from your window. This still gives you a chance to enjoy the fresh air and connect with nature, while following the rules of your quarantine.
Spring Neighbourhood Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt
The game itself is quite simple, while enjoying a social distancing walk in your neighbourhood, keep your eyes peeled for the items listed below. This is a ‘no collecting scavenger hunt’, rather simply count what you see, but do not pick up or disturb.
One Point Scavenger Hunt Items
- New Buds on the Trees
- Red Wing Blackbird
- A Spring Wreath on Someone’s Door
- New Leaves on a Tree or Bush
- Heart Symbols
- Mud Puddle
Bonus 2 Point Scavenger Hunt Items
- Aquatic Insects in a Water Body
- Bird or Squirrel Collecting Items to Build a Nest
- Bird of Prey
- Bird or Squirrel Feeding Their Young
- Cat Walking on a Leash
- Person Playing an Instrument
- Person Dancing
If the plants and animals in your neighbourhood are different than those that we have in Canada, then simply modify your scavenger hunt to mirror the plants and animals for where you live. Feel free to share your modifications for your area in the comments below.
Have fun and be safe, while playing and social distancing yourself from others.
Oh, and feel free to tell us what score you got in the comments below. Which items were hard to find in your area? What other items would you add to the scavenger hunt?
A scavenger hunt seems like an ideal way to have fun in the outdoors while social distancing individually or in small groups of known people. Thank for the great idea!