Service Sparks: Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Environmental Stewardship
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Look for items in nature from a shared list with only an hour to search, then connect with people virtually or in person to compare what you found and share ideas about the joy of nature. Shared with us by our friends at the Fetzer Institute


Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! 



This fun group scavenger hunt may be used by a group or family in one location or by people connected across town or the country! Being aware of the gifts of the Earth and having fun exploring helps us appreciate and feel responsible for the environment.



  1. Set up a plan for an outdoor scavenger hunt with friends or family or connect with people from other locations. Include people you haven't seen for a while or want to get to know better.
  2. Share the list of items for everyone to print out and look for (see handout below). Tell them they will have one hour to hunt for the items and mark what they find on the sheet. It is best if the evidence is captured with a photo that includes the finders. 
  3. Participants complete the scavenger hunt at a given time and then meet in person or virtually with other families and friends to share what they found through pictures and stories. 
  4. After the scavenger hunt, meet to discuss in person or on a pre-arranged virtual call. They each share pictures and talk about what they found. Talk about the interesting things observed and the adventures that helped the process. Talk about what stewardship for the environment means.
  5. Learn more through a Learning to Give lesson Respect for Nature
  6. BONUS: Create a seasonal video or picture journal to compare findings across the seasons. Take a photo of the same outdoor space multiple times throughout a season of the year. 

Reflection: Talk about how it felt to get outside, move around, and be in nature for a little while.  

Explore more Service Sparks projects:


Learning to Give ...

  • educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  • equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  • empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).

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