Yard scavenger hunt for Earth Day
O heavenly Father who has filled the world with beauty:
Open our eyes to see your gracious hand in all your works.
So that we can rejoice in all of your creation, we can learn to serve
you with joy; for him through whom everyone
Things have been done, your son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
For the joy of God's creation, Book of Prayer Together, page 814
During the COVID-19 pandemic 2020, the St. Johns Episcopal Church's Creation Care team in Wake Forest, North Carolina, launched this backyard scavenger hunt to encourage members to go outside and appreciate creation .
Scavenger hunt list
A PDF of the scavenger hunt can be found here.
Deliveries: You may want to have a few colored pencils, a few pieces of paper, and a small bag (like a paper bag). But don't worry if you don't – your eyes and ears are all you really need. Activate elements or add your own answers and have fun!
- Look up first! Check the sky. What do you see?
- Name something that lives in your garden:
- Put a non-living but not artificial thing in your pocket.
- Find 3 different trees in your garden and use your colored pencil to rub tree bark with your extra paper.
- Is one of the trees taller than your house?
- Put 3 different sheets in your pocket and try to find a Y-shaped branch that can be added to your pocket.
- Can you see bird nests in your trees? How many?
- What birds do you see – what colors are they?
- Find some flowers in your garden and draw a picture of them.
- Do the bees like your flowers?
- Name the other insects you see. Maybe they help spread pollen like bees. You can talk to your family about why pollinators matter.
- Can you find a spider web? Is the spider at home?
- Close your eyes and listen for a minute.
- What do you hear? Enjoy nature with your family!
Images of scavenger hunt results can be shared on Church Facebook pages or Church Facebook groups. You can also share images on your website, in your weekly announcements, or by asking people to tag your church on their personal social media posts.
Special thanks to Julie Arthur, member of the St. Johns Creation Care Committee and St. Johns Preschool Teacher.