Hiking Scavenger Hunt

[ 7 ] July 21, 2010 |

By Jeanine Silversmith

As a mom and hiker, I jump at every chance to get into nature and enjoy it with my children. But let’s face it, sometimes the kids are less than inspired. Sometimes a familiar hike needs something new. Sometimes they would rather sit and stare at a puddle in the parking lot (this almost always happens when I’m itching to move).Scavenger Hunt

Kids keep us on our toes. It’s one of our many challenges as parents to find novel ways to motivate our children towards that which we deem important. Getting outside is a priority in my house and my kids are usually willing. That being said, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. So when my friend Kristen Kardos, co-founder of RI New Moms Connection and a Kidoinfo contributing writer, offered this idea, I was stoked!

Kristen was ready to start exercising after her third child was born, and her middle guy decided he wasn’t interested in hiking. Gasp! Kristen hikes with her kids even more than I do, and I’m the one who started a family hiking organization. Goodness knows how she found the creative energy or time with a newborn to think up a hiking scavenger hunt, but mine is not to question. Mine is to modify the scavenger hunt just a bit and, with Kristen’s permission (thanks, Kristen!), to share it with all of you.ScavengerHunt

Click here for the scavenger hunt, grab pencils and clipboards (or anything stiff to write on), and head to a kid-friendly hiking trail, your backyard, or a nearby park. Work cooperatively to find as many of the items as you can, or compete against one another to see who can finish a row or the entire chart first. (Feel free to change or mix up the items on the scavenger hunt to create different playing boards.)

Just remember to get out there and have fun!

Jeanine Silversmith is a self-described tree-hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. She loves to run, garden, bake, hike, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her five-year-old daughter, Sierra, and her two-year-old son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.

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Jeanine Silversmith

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Jeanine is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. Jeanine also works for the RI Environmental Education Association, supporting formal and informal teachers as they create "place-based" curriculum. She loves to hike, run, garden, bake, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her daughter, Sierra, and her son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.

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  1. two of my favorite people collaborating — i LOVE it!!!

    they do this at my kid’s preschool and i have always wanted to create one to use at home. thanks for doing it for me!! you guys rock!

    ~erin

  2. Laura C. says:

    Cool!August! I am going to print this out and bring it to Glacier National Park in August.

  3. Marcia M. Fowler Marcia says:

    Great idea, thanks!

  4. back to print this out again — my kids LOVED it!!!

    thank you!!!

  5. Wonderful! Isn’t it so simple, yet so great? I’m forever grateful to Kristen for this one…

  6. Michelle says:

    Hey Janine and Kristen, thank you for posting this! I am leading a group of Tiger Scouts on a nature hike today, and one of the Den moms mentioned she had seen this on KidoInfo. It is perfect, and you saved me an hour of creating one myself! LOVE IT!!

  7. Fantastic! I love when you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Feel free to pass along feedback after you use it….

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