Fall 2018 Conservationist

Nature Color Hunt

by Jayne Bohner, Communications & Marketing

If you have little ones in your life and search the web for ways to keep them occupied on the weekends, you’ve probably come across a neat idea that’s also perfect in DuPage forest preserves: a nature color hunt!

A nature color hunt is similar to a scavenger hunt but with a couple of minor changes. First, instead of looking for specific objects, you look for things in nature that are certain colors. Second, because the ones we’re talking about in this article are for the forest preserves, you can’t collect anything you find, but that’s OK. There are lots of fun ways to record what you discover (check out the box on the next page), and they all have super benefits!

If you have little ones in your life and search the web for ways to keep them occupied on the weekends, you’ve probably come across a neat idea that’s also perfect in DuPage forest preserves: a nature color hunt!

A nature color hunt is similar to a scavenger hunt but with a couple of minor changes. First, instead of looking for specific objects, you look for things in nature that are certain colors. Second, because the ones we’re talking about in this article are for the forest preserves, you can’t collect anything you find, but that’s OK. There are lots of fun ways to record what you discover (check out the box on the next page), and they all have super benefits! 

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Nature color hunts give young explorers a fun reason to take a close look at the different parts that make up the preserves. Image by Kim Unertl/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


nature-scavenger-hunt-activityWays to Play

As with any scavenger hunt, you need a list of things to look for. To get started, download and print the different options below.

Check the Box (PDF)

Even the youngest explorers can join the hunt. Each sheet has several colors with a check box little hands can fill in when they spot something.

Draw It (PDF)

A space next to each color gives kids a place to draw what they find. In the preserves or at home, they can then color their artwork.

Make Your Own (PDF)

This version lets kids pick the colors they’ll search for. They fill in the boxes with their favorite colors before they head out, and then draw what they find.

Snap It (PDF)

Instead of drawing pictures of their finds, kids take photos! Next to each color on the sheet is a place to jot down notes about their discoveries. They can then use their photos and notes to make a scrapbook.