40 Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids {w/free printables!}

Inspire your kids with these awesome outdoor scavenger hunts (many with free printables!) and time outside will soon be something that happens on a regular basis!

It's those long school days that always get me thinking about how much time our kids are stuck indoors. Even with recess (which has so many caveats these days - too hot, too rainy, etc), the majority of their seven hour school day is in the classroom.  So once they walk in the door, I love to have some outdoor activities ready to go!

And scavenger hunts are some of our favorites (as you may have guessed :)  They can be done together, as an independent activity, with a group of friends and are so darn easy :)  Just grab a list & go!


40 Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids 

Here are a few tips for scavenger hunts along with affiliate links for items we love to use:

  • We always bring along a 9 x 12" Clipboard clipboard where you can attach your scavenger hunt and pen so it won't get lost or blow away - plus it makes it easy to check off items as you find them.
  • Some kids will be very focused on finding ALL the items (in which case, you may be hunting for a long time ;) so be sure to introduce the activity with "finding as many items as we can" or tell your kids it's a hunt you can do over more than one day.
  • And for most hunts, you'll want to add in the reminder that you're just looking for the items - they don't actually have to be collected and brought home with you :) but if you do plan to collect items, bring along a bag or you'll be juggling leaves and rocks and other treasures on your walk home!

One of the things I love about this group of hunts is that there's such a great variety!  Outdoor scavenger hunt seems to be synonmous with a nature hunt -- but really, it's not.  There are so many different types of outdoor experiences for kids and their families -- a zoo visit, camping, scouting out holiday decorations, exploring after dark.  I hope you find a few new ones to enjoy!


Scavenger Hunts for Outdoor Places

Apple Orchard & Pumpkin Patch Hunts || The Resourceful Mama

Playground Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Camping Scavenger Hunt (easy) || Easy Coast Mommy

Beach Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Zoo Scavenger Hunts (6 different types!) || Every Star is Different

And another Zoo Scavenger Hunt (find animal traits!) || Edventures with Kids

Boat Ride Scavenger Hunt (& boat safety list) || The Resourceful Mama

I Spy Road Trip Hunt || The Typical Mom

I Spy Camping Hunt (harder) || Growing Up Abel

Pond Scavenger Hunt || Natural Beach Living

Outdoor Family Adventure Challenge (a bit of a twist -- instead of hunting, the challenge is to 'go do' outdoor activities)


Seasonal Outdoor Scavenger Hunts

No matter what the season, you can also find a treasure hunt that fits the weather!

Fall Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Autumn Scavenger Hunt || Twitchetts

Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Halloween Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt || Peace but not Quiet

PLUS these 18 Autumn Scavenger Hunts too!

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt || Kara Carrero

Winter Scavenger Hunt  || Go Explore Nature

Spring Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

PLUS 20 Scavenger Hunts for Summer


Play, Explore & Learn Outdoors

Backyard Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Nocturnal (after dark) Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Rainbow Photo Scavenger Hunt || Totschooling

Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt (great for kids & teens!) || Edventures with Kids

Hunting for Animal Tracks (best done where there's mud, sand or snow) || Edventures with Kids

Safari Seek Scavenger Hunt || Arts & Crackers

Flashlight Scavenger Hunt || Life is Sweeter by Design


Nature Scavenger Hunts

Outdoor Texture Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Nature Walk & Rock Hunt (2 great printables!) || The Wise Old Owl Factory

Underground Scavenger Hunt - what a cool idea! || Preschool Powol Packets

Go on a Bug Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Simple Outdoor Hunt for Toddlers || Uno Zwe Tutu

Insect Scavenger Hunt || Preschool Powol Packets

Easy Nature Hunt - perfect for younger kids! || Easy Coast Mommy

How Many Birds Can You Find? || Fantastic Fun & Learning

Go on a Sound Walk || Buggy & Buddy

I-Spy Nature & Animal Hunt || The Joy of Boys

Nature Hike Hunt || The Typical Mom

Flower Scavenger Hunt with mini book || Life over C's



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