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Capture a New Outdoor Program

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, Graduate Assistant - NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, January 26, 2015

This week’s blog is a quick preview of our next Wellness Webinar: 8 easy program ideas for 2015. As we prepare ideas for the spring months, one simple program ideas is to hold a Family Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Not only does this event bring together families if your community, but it takes advantage of your parks, walking trails, and greenways. A scavenger hunt will get your community out an about in your park and allow you to increase awareness of other programs and facilities!

How can you set up an Outdoor Family Scavenger Hunt?

1.)    First, what equipment and staff will you need? Request families upon signing-up to bring a device that takes pictures, such as a digital camera or a camera phone. Other items may include: pens, pencils, and timers to keep track of the duration of the activity. On the day of the event, provide 2 or 3 programmers/volunteers to assist with questions and help families during the scavenger hunt.

2.)    Second, provide a specific park location and a scavenger hunt list. Here are some ideas of what the list can include: a smooth stone, a colorful bird, a butterfly, a rabbit or deer, a pond, or even a family-selfie in front of a park sign! Be as creative as you would like, the options are endless.

3.)    Lastly, on the day of the event, make sure a meeting spot has been designated. Explain the instructions to the family and agree on an end time to the scavenger hunt. At the end of the event, you can provide fun prizes or a healthy snack for the children.

There are many advantages to an Outdoor Family Scavenger Hunt! It ultimately gives a reason for families to spend time together and to explore a park in your community. It is low-cost, and uses resources that you most likely already have.

Click the link for more scavenger hunt ideas provided by “My Kids’ Adventures” an online magazine:

Don’t forget, you can still register for this week’s webinar. The presentation will focus on 8 easy program ideas for 2015 conducted by the NCRPA staff on Wednesday, January 28th, at 1pm; Register here:

If you have any new ideas for outdoor family programs, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Activities  Family  Greenways  Nature  Outdoor  Parks  Wellness 

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