Plant Hunt

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In this outdoor activity and game, learners collect and sort leaf samples to determine how many types of plants grow in the activity site. Learners are introduced to the concept of "species" and start to see differences and similarities between the plants around them. Included with the activity instructions is the "Leaf Characteristic Game," as well as ideas for going further with leafy art projects.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • plastic bags
  • hand lenses
  • 4 marker flags
  • 2 data boards
  • marking pen
  • roll of transparent tape
  • crayons (optional)
  • paper (optional)
  • plant guide (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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