Nature Walks and Scavenger Hunts

Peter Knippel Photography- Nature Walk

© Peter Knippel Photography

Hands-on experiences with nature are an important element in a child’s development. When given opportunities to explore, connect with nature, and experience its beauty children gain an understanding of the world around them.

Mother nature offers so many rich sensory experiences that can satisfy a child’s natural curiosity and provide endless opportunities to manipulate, collect and compare newly found treasures. In addition to lessons in science, children learn to label, identify and classify natural elements. They use found items as their own creations in their play. Sticks, twigs, acorns, pine cones, rocks, and leaves become the most versatile of toys; tools of the imagination.

This summer CCPRN hosted several Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt events across the city. Julie prepared bags for the children to gather their treasures inside.

Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunt Bags

Click here for a free printable: nature walk scavenger hunt Checklist

As residents of Ottawa, we are so fortunate to have access to beautifully maintained nature trails and green spaces. So before summer’s end, be sure to get outside and encourage these experiences that promote an appreciation and lifelong respect for nature. Click here for a detailed list of trails within the Ottawa region.

Thanks for reading,

Signature - Jo



Child Care Providers Resource Network *CCPRN* offers training, information, resources and support to those providing child care in a home setting.

Posted on August 22, 2013, in Child Care, daycare, nature, Science, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is a great idea, I was just thinking about doing a scavenger hunt with my kids last night, I hadn’t thought to use a gift bag to collect things!

  1. Pingback: N is for Nature - Exploring Nature With Little Kids - The Keeper of the Memories

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