If you’re interested in planning a nature photo scavenger hunt, here’s a fun idea that also includes a free printable list of 20 items for players to take pictures of.
It’s a great outdoor activity that encourages the creativity and artistic ability of the players and can be played with kids, teens, youth groups or adults.
Here’s how to organize it:
- List (see below)
- Cameras (cell phone cameras are fine)
This nature scavenger hunt is best played individually if you’re trying to encourage and showcase the players’ photographic talents.
However, it could also be played in pairs or small teams – if so, try to create teams where players with different levels of ability are on the same team, so more experienced photographers can give advice to those with less experience.
Give each of the players / teams the list of nature-themed items they have to take photos of. Make sure that they all have access to a camera, as well as a pen to check off each item once it’s completed.
Advise them that their task is to take photos of each item, but that the photos should be as creative and artistic as possible. This could be achieved through lighting, filters, zooming in, or however else they see fit.
Award 1 point for each item that they take a photo of, meaning there are 20 base points available.
Next, award 2 points for each of the 20 photos to the teams that took the best photo, meaning there are an additional 40 points available.
If you’re playing this with younger kids, you may prefer to simply play this as a regular photo scavenger hunt and not give bonus points based on the quality of the photos.
Here’s a list of 20 items to have players take pictures of, although you could create your own list.
Beneath this is a link to the free printable copy of the list – there are two copies of the list on the page to reduce the number of sheets you have to print off.
- Yellow flower
- River / stream
- Spider web
- Tree with no leaves
- Purple flower
- Animal tracks
Once the photo scavenger hunt has been completed, put together a slideshow of all the pictures so that everyone can admire each other’s photos.