Scavenger Hunt

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An outdoor scavenger hunt helps learners consider the theme of "What Is Life?" Learners explore what living organisms are, including how organisms meet basic needs of food, shelter and water to survive, how organisms follow the life cycle of birth, growth and death, and how organisms differ from nonliving structures. The scavenger hunt can be conducted in a schoolyard or park. When the hunt is over, learners discuss their findings, particularly what was difficult or easy to find and why. This activity can be found on pages 14-15 of the activity guide. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip


Materials List (per student)

  • Worksheet – Living or Non–Living?
  • Worksheet – Scavenger Hunt
  • Clipboards
  • pencils
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • roll of masking tape
  • wristwatch or stop watch


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

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


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, TERC, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • NASA, NAS5-26555
  • National Science Foundation, NSF 9730728