When was the last time you took part in a Scavenger Hunt? The last “real” Scavenger Hunt I participated in occurred about 7th grade. Our science teacher brought a group of students to his home. We all received a list of items to find and return. The first team to make it back to the house with all the items won the hunt! (By the way, the teacher’s last name was Hunt, hmm, odd coincidence…)
Here’s your list.
You must go out in nature and find the following items. You can take a picture instead of bringing them to me.
1) Pussy willows (C’mon…if I can find a pussy willow, you can, too!)
2) Sumac or Wintergreen. Your choice. I have a photo of each. If there’s ABSOLUTELY no sumac or wintergreen in your area, please substitute. But don’t make it TOO easy. Find something a little surprising. Something enchanting. Something that makes your heart pitter-pat at least a tiny bit.
3) Birchbark. On the tree or lying on the ground. White or yellow. But make it birchbark and think about all the lovely and practical items one can craft from birchbark. Sing praises to the birch tree! (Scavenger hunts are really about praising what one discovers….)
4) Animal scat. Oh I’m sorry to add this to your list. But we’re talking about a Scavenger Hunt out in nature, aren’t we? So what’s abundant on the ground during the springtime after the snow melts? You got it. Scat. Please do not pick up. Photo only!
5) An animal. (OK, it doesn’t need to be the same animal connected with your scat photo.) It can be a bird. A fish. A mosquito. Just capture a photo of it while giving thanks to the animal world. Fortunately or unfortunately, in my Scavenger Hunt, the scat came from the animal posted below:
That’s it. Five items. Wasn’t too hard, was it? Now send the photos to me in a green envelope (reminding of us spring) with your return envelope and I shall send you a small prize. Because we’re all winners when we go scavenging in nature, aren’t we? Especially when we have curiosity, love and joy in our hearts! 🙂