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Botany Scavenger Hunt & Field Trip Ideas

Updated on September 7, 2018
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

Finding leaves on a botany scavenger hunt
Finding leaves on a botany scavenger hunt

This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 week hands-on unit study on botany/plants. Children went on a fun-filled scavenger hunt for a variety of plants, and afterward had a plant-themed picnic lunch. Also included are the field trips we went on during our botany unit study.

Botany scavenger hunt worksheets and the findings from one group
Botany scavenger hunt worksheets and the findings from one group

Botany Scavenger Hunt

1. After studying botany/plants for 3-4 weeks, the children get to go on a fun scavenger hunt for a variety of plant specimens. Each child or pair of children received a copy of this botany scavenger hunt worksheet and had 30 minutes to find as many specimens as they could from the list. You will need to hold this scavenger hunt in an area where children can actually collect plants. Younger children (ages 5 and under) may need assistance from an adult. In addition to the botany scavenger hunt, we also had a contest for who could find the largest leaf.

YOU WILL NEED PER CHILD: 1 copy of this botany scavenger hunt worksheet, & a large plastic bag

2. After the scavenger hunt, each child pulled out their specimens and reported what they had found (i.e. a simple lobed leaf).

3. Before passing out prizes, we read a short story on some of the products of trees, focusing on chewing gum (which used to be made from sapodilla trees), on chocolate (which is still made from the fruit of the cacao tree), and on tree nuts. Children got to choose from chewing gum and chocolate (both with and without almonds). They got one piece for every 10 points they earned.

YOU WILL NEED PER CHILD: prizes such as gum, Hershey's kisses, and Hershey's kisses with almonds

Plant-themed picnic lunch with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, celery sticks, and more
Plant-themed picnic lunch with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, celery sticks, and more

Plant-Themed Picnic Lunch

After the scavenger hunt, we had a plant-themed picnic lunch. We had peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, potato chips, lemonade, and pumpkin spice cookies.

Visiting a local nursery
Visiting a local nursery

Field Trips: Park & Nursery

During our botany/plant unit, we visited local green house, hiked a trail through a local state park, and toured the yard of a person who grows exotic fruit trees (and sent us home with some fruit samples).

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification with Thomas J. Elpel

Looking for the lessons in this unit study?

Observing parts of a flower from and activity found in Part 2: Flowers Lesson
Observing parts of a flower from and activity found in Part 2: Flowers Lesson

Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, dissect a flower, decorate sunflower cookies, compete in a photosynthesis relay race, got on a plant scavenger hunt, and more during this fun four part unit study on Botany and Plants!

  • Plant Parts & Seeds Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, and more in this fun lesson on plants!
  • Flowers Lesson - Go on a flower hunt, dissect a flower, create edible flowers, paint flowers, and more in this fun lesson on flowers! This is part 2 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants.
  • Bee & Honey Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. (This lesson is optional if you need to squeeze this unit into 3 parts rather than 4.) Dance like a bee, make edible bees using honey balls, use cheese puff balls and and juice boxes to dramatize pollination, create pipe cleaner bees and have them fly to the tune of Flight of the Bumblebee, and more!
  • Trees & Leaves Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. Play a photosynthesis relay race, create an edible leaf structure, act out the parts of a tree, examine and classify tree leaves and use them to identify trees, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson on leaves and trees!
  • Botany Scavenger Hunt & Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 week hands-on unit study on botany/plants. Children went on a fun-filled scavenger hunt for a variety of plants, and afterward had a plant-themed picnic lunch. Also included are the field trips we went on while studying this unit on botany and plants.

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I use Konos Curriculum to help when planning my unit studies. It's an excellent Christian curriculum and was written by two moms who had active children! The lessons from this unit study on plants and botany are based on the lessons found in the unit studies on Patience and Orderliness in Konos Volume I.

Konos Home School Mentor

If you're just starting out homeschooling or you need some encouragement, I highly recommend the Konos' HomeSchoolMentor.com program! On-line videos created by one of the authors of Konos shows you what and how to teach each single day using this wonderful hands-on unit study format!

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