Nature Scavenger Hunt in the Summer

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Originally published June 26, 2019 and updated June 10, 2021.

It’s summer and you can encourage more outdoor activities with a nature scavenger hunt. Remember all your happy childhood memories of playing outdoors? Help your kids create their own memories of playing outside. This free 4-page printable is perfect as an outdoor activity, whether you’re in the woods or in the suburbs. There are over 30 different items to find in nature with each of the 4 different pages. 

Top image of large tree on hill & bottom image is collage of 4 sheets for nature scavenger hunt with title text in between reading Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

No matter how much your child may already love playing outside (or doesn’t), a summer scavenger hunt game makes it fun to be outside playing a game with friends and family.

How to Play a Nature Scavenger Hunt

  1. Prepare to be outside.
    1. Apply sunscreen.
    2. Wear a hat.
    3. Bring sunglasses if you want.
    4. Apply bug spray.
    5. Wear appropriate shoes for your environment.
    6. Bring water bottles if you’ll be walking very far.
  2. Print out the Nature Scavenger Hunt Sheets (you’ll find them below).
  3. Decide if you’ll play as individuals or teams.
    1. You can team younger kids with older kids or adults.
    2. Each of the 4 sheets are different, so you can play with 4 individuals or teams. If your playing area is large enough, the same sheet can be used by more than one individual or group.
  4. Set the boundaries of your playing area.
  5. Decide if you’ll mark off the found items or take photos of them. 
  6. Decide if the objective is to find all the items on the sheet or to complete a row or column.

Where to Play an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

This nature scavenger hunt is designed to be played in a variety of locations:

The items are ones that are more likely to be found in the spring or summer, but you could use these scavenger hunt printable sheets anytime of the year.  

Items to Look for in Nature

This scavenger hunt printable contains 33 different items that can be found in nature. Some of the items are:

large tree in green field with bright blue sky

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  • Trees – includes 3 different kinds
  • Bugs & related items – lists 6 different items
  • Birds & related items – has 4 different items
geese on bank of pond
  • Rocks – shows 2 different kinds
  • Plants & related parts – includes 7 different items
  • Flowers
close up of light purple flower with yellow flowers in background
  • Animals
  • And more

The similarity and difference between items is a great way to work in a discuss of vocabulary related to nature and topics including biology and geology. This scavenger hunt for kids will provide learning opportunities for  children while having fun playing a game of outdoor scavenger hunt.

How to Print the Nature Scavenger Hunt Sheets

You can download your free copy of the 4-page Nature Scavenger Hunt by simply signing up for our weekly newsletter. You’ll promptly receive an email with the scavenger hunt pdf.

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How do I print the pdf file?

The pdf usually opens right up when you click on the link in the email. When that happens, simply right click on the pdf and either print or save the document to your device.

If the pdf does not pop up for you, you’ll most likely find it in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is located on your computer.

I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

Most printers offer you the option to print in greyscale which is in black and white.

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

You can print these pdf files as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.

More Outdoor Scavenger Hunts

More Outdoor Activities

  • Summer Word Search Printable –  A free 5-page summer word search printable is a fun way to learn for kids and adults. Includes 41 summer themed words & an answer key.

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