Explore Activity Pages

Download these fun Explore activity pages for creative nature crafts, puzzles, scavenger hunts, and more! New material added every Monday. If you would like us to email these materials (as PDFs) directly to you each week, email us and ask for EXPLORE PAGES in the text of your email. See our Nature-Schooling page for additional resources, including Zoom Live programs and in-person programs for Fall 2020!

Thank you for the great ideas! We headed out for a walk yesterday and did your Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt, and the kids loved it! Best thing about this situation is all the outside time for the kids 🙂 — Sky, Nearby Nature Parent (kids 9, 10, and 11)

January 11: Animal Homes Scavenger Hunt: Go for a winter walk in search of nearby animal homes!

January 4: Nature Notes Calendar: Use this template to print a new calendar page each month for recording nature notes.

December 14: Winter Weather Words Puzzle: Use the key code to unlock the winter weather words in this puzzle.

December 7: Greeting Card Stencils: Just in time for the holidays, use plastic lids to make card stencils or make a set of cards as gifts.

November 30: Shapes Scavenger Hunt: Take a walk and discover the shapes of the natural world!

November 23: Grateful Collage: Create a seasonal collage and take a photo to send to friends and family.

November 16: Falling Leaves T-Shirt or Paper Print: Capture the beauty of autumn on a t-shirt or paper.

November 9: Hide and Seek Raccoon Trail: Help Raccoon find her way home in this paper and pencil maze.

November 3: Resilient Nature Scavenger Hunt: This one is for the grown-ups as well as the kids — something to keep you thinking positive during these stressful times.

October 26: Make a Wild Critter Mask: Fun project using stuff from your recycling just in time for Halloween!

October 19: Night Critter Fun Facts Match: Choose the fun fact that matches each of our nocturnal costumed Kinder Critters! Learn more about each of these Critters at the Virtual Haunted Hike on October 23rd!

October 12: Night Critter Word Search — Get ready for Halloween with this fun nocturnal critter puzzle.

October 5: Harvest Hunt — Look for tasty treats for wildlife in your yard or neighborhood in this photo scavenger hunt.

September 28: Autumn Treasures Scavenger Hunt — Take a neighborhood walk and enjoy the colorful wonders of autumn!

September 21: Make a Twig Journal — Celebrate the start of fall by making a twig journal for creative projects.

Handmade Tree by Erica and Kalen

September 14: Make Trees Out of Paper Bags — Help us honor the trees we’ve lost and the trees we still love. Make a tree using a grocery bag from your recycling pile, scissors, glue, and colored paper scraps. Send us a picture at info@nearbynature.org (or reply to our recent Facebook post (https://bit.ly/33uIomE) and we’ll make a gallery on our website.

September 10: Nearby Neighbors Word Search — Look for the names of your natural neighbors in this fun word search for older kids.

August 31: 3-D Edible Animal Art Show — Use garden and market veggies to make fun edible animal art!

August 24: Build A Bug — Create an imaginary creepy-crawly out of materials in your recycling and trash!

August 17: Water Wonders Scavenger Hunt — Go on a walk in the neighborhood and looks for these water wonders!

August 10: Make a Rock Tower Town — Use rocks you find in your nature adventures to make a rock tower town at the river, beach, or at home.

August 4: Make a Nature Detective’s Center — Use cardboard shoe boxes and natural objects to create a fun guessing game.

July 27: Make a Bug Catching Net: A more complex project for adults, but great for long-term exploring with kids in the grass or water!

July 20: Make An Edible Critter Collage: Use veggies and fruits to make tasty art project!

June 18: Make Forest Fairies: Use natural materials you collect on a hike to make forest fairies.

June 11: Start of Summer Scavenger Hunt: Kick off your summer with this fun scavenger hunt.

June 8: Magic Rain Wands: Make fun wands out of forest finds and scrap decorating materials from home.

June 5: Create Wind Chimes: Add to the noisiness of nature by making wind chimes out of recycled materials.

Handmade Fairy by Maggie — Activity coming soon!

June 1: All Natural Egg Scavenger Hunt: Take this on your next walk in the neighborhood. It’s not only birds that lay eggs!

May 28: Caterpillar-Butterfly Puppet: Make a fun puppet that changes from a caterpillar to a butterfly.

May 25: Bicycle Word Search: Find the biking words in this challenging puzzle for older kids!

May 21: Window Reflectors: Use old CDs and DVDs to make decorations that will help keep birds from flying into your windows or birds from eating your berries!

May 18: Who Laid That Egg Puzzle — Match the critters with info about their eggs! Plus see some real eggs on the live cam of the Osprey nest on the UO Law School here. Cool!

May 14: Alphabet Scavenger Hunt — Help us find all 26 letters in nature…so we can make a cool poster to share!

May 11: Rainbow Scavenger Hunt — Rain or shine, see how many colors you can find in nature nearby.

May 7: Critter Quest Scavenger Hunt — Look for things that relate to water critters next time you take a water walk!

May 3: Make a Garden Sprite! — Use recycled materials to make a fun guard for your garden. Plus enjoy a Garden Word Search.

April 30: Recycled Flower Bracelets and Bouquets — Use recyclables to make never-wilt flower just in time for May Day (or Mother’s Day in a couple weeks)!

April 27: Rain Painting — Let the rain help you paint a picture — or create rain to make dry day art even more interesting!

April 23: Conservation Quest Scavenger Hunt — Check out how nature is using and recycling resources in your neighborhood.

EarthDay Card by Neil

April 19: Make an EarthDay Card — Use recycled and natural materials to create and Earth Day card collage.

April 15: Enjoy Nature Jokes! — Everyone needs a laugh these days!

April 13: Numbers in Nature — Go on counting adventure in your yard or a walk through the neighborhood.

April 9: Natural Dying in the Kitchen — Use red cabbage to make different colors!

April 6: Gnome Homes and Fairy Houses — Use natural and recycled materials to create a fanciful habitat for forest friends.

April 2: Egg Critter Word Search — Find the hidden words related to butterflies and frogs, critters that hatch from eggs!

March 30: Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt — Have fun exploring outside even on a rainy day.

March 27: Earth Art — Create temporary art out of natural materials collected from nature nearby.