Today we went to Ford Nature Center in Mill Creek Metroparks and participated in a digital scavenger hunt. The participants were given a list (they had an “”easier” list with more common items as well as a challenging one with rare or unusual items). Most of the hikers were adults, but there was one other group that had three kids. It turned out that we knew one of the kids from our playgroup, and her friend had on a jacket from our gym, where she took classes until this year. The kids hit it off pretty quickly and we ended up going together around the Nature Center.
We opted for the “easier” list, since we weren’t sure what to expect. I also got a copy of the challenging one in case we decided to try it out at our woods here at home another time.
Our hunt included the following items:
- Yellow Maple Leaf
- Red Leaf
- Pine Cone (big)
- Animal Hole
- Pine Cone (small)
- Stick shaped like the letter Y
- Sow bug (roly poly)
- Shelf Fungi
- Scat (animal droppings)
- Spider Web
- 2 different types of birds
- Something you think is beautiful
We found almost everything on our list except the caterpillar, grasshopper and sow bug. We find those a lot in our own yard, but we must have been doing too much walking around to find them on this hike.
S9 took the camera she got from Nana earlier this year. O7 borrowed her dad’s camera, and I took my big digital to play around with it.
We found moss on the roof of the nature center’s garage:
flowers right at the entrance to All People’s Trail:
S9 wanted to take a different loop on the trail by herself, so I went the opposite way with O7.
our big pine cone (with our shoes for scale):
cardinal on the bird feeders behind the house:
you can see both the male and female in this shot:
a giant worm at the entrance to the trail behind the nature center:
stick shaped like a “Y”
We finished All People’s Trail and decided to take the trail behind the nature center down to the creek. S9 finally agreed to walk with us.
some wildflowers behind the nature center:
we found two logs on the ground with tons of shelf fungi. i took quite a few photos of these as they are one of my favorites.
We hooked up with the other kids at this point and spent the rest of the hunt walking with them. We walked down to the creek, followed a culvert, then crossed the road below the nature center and followed it back up along the creek to where we started.
The kids had a lot of fun and found several more worms, which led to some general silliness and lots of screams when S9 draped one over the pen that was in her mouth.
They also found a newt, which was equally squeal-worthy:
It was a great day just to be outside and we had a really nice hike.
It’s hard to see, but there’s a while feather in the left center of this photo:
Our second bird was a duck:
And everyone agreed that the creek was something beautiful.