Nature Scavenger Hunt
Doing my best to bring people and plants together never gets old for me. It is something about which I am quite passionate. I think this desire stems from my own personal experience over the years. Nature makes me feel better. Well, unless it’s that six foot snake that climbed a tree in my backyard last year. But all in all, I love nature.
A few days ago, I happened across a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt. When I read it, I immediately thought it would be a wonderful way to help connect us with nature. I thought it was such a lovely idea that I wanted to share it with all of you.
There are eight items on the list. You can find the printed version here: simpleacresblog.com/5-ways-to-teach-gratitude-to-children/gratitude-scavenger-hunt
My hope is that you will gather your friends and family, young and old, and get outdoors to participate. The first task is to find something that makes you happy. Is it the cheery face of a sunflower that makes you smile or maybe that big juicy red tomato that’s finally ready to harvest?
Next up on the list is to find something to give someone else to make them smile. How about picking some flowers from your yard and giving them to your neighbor? Or taking them to an assisted living center?
The third item is to find one thing you love to smell. Remember, flowers aren’t the only plants that smell good. For me, this one was easy. I love the smell of herbs. I chose holy basil.
To find one thing you enjoy looking at is fourth on the list. What do you see that you find pleasing? Are you drawn to particular types of plants, colors or textures? Try to observe all of nature and look for what might not be the most obvious. I find exploring a smaller area thoroughly is often more satisfying than covering a lot of ground.
Next is to find your favorite color. I love colors and have never been able to decide on a favorite. If you have a preference, see if you can find it. There are a lot of yellow and orange leaves on the trees right now. Or, perhaps you grew purple basil, red peppers or blue flowers this summer.
For the being thankful part, this one was easy for me. I am quite thankful to have large trees on our property. In addition to providing shade and privacy, there is a certain stability I associate with a large tree. Maybe it’s due to their deep roots and ability to withstand storms.
The last two elements for our hunt are to find something you can use to make a gift for someone and something that is useful to you. I think I will combine these two and make lavender sachets for me and a friend.
For ideas on nature related gifts, such as a leaf mosaic dreamcatcher, wearable flower wreath, and pressed leaf drawings, these sites can help if you need inspiration: buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/nature-crafts-rock ; redtedart.com/nature-crafts-101-20-stunning-crafts-using-items-found-in-nature ; and howweelearn.com/breathtaking-nature-crafts-for-kids
Kelley Rawlsky has an M.S. in horticulture and is the director of Bringing People and Plants Together, an organization dedicated to bringing horticulture education and therapy to the community. For more information: PeopleAndPlantsTogether @gmail.com or follow us on Facebook.