Recommended for ages 4 and up. Younger children will need adult assistance.
Search for spring and summertime natural phenomena as a family! Start from anywhere in the Cemetery.
● Next Generation Science Standards
■ K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
■ 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
● A pencil
● Optional: binoculars, a magnifying glass, a camera/phone, a notebook, crayons or colored pencils, water, and snacks!
■ If you bring art materials, please make sure not to put any markings on the monuments!
Before your visit:
● Preview the Nature Scavenger Hunt as a family.
● Optional: watch the videos on our Alive at Green-Wood page.
● Discuss: what do you expect to find at Green-Wood? What do you not expect to find (think of the time of year)?
● Practice the “two-finger touch” by holding your index and middle fingers together, straight, and gently touching things around your house. This is a great way to touch things in nature without damaging them. Just don’t rub or press too hard!
During your visit:
● Dress in comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring weather-appropriate layers. Keep in mind it is often a bit windier in the Cemetery than on the streets.
● Pick up a Green-Wood Scavenger Hunt at any of our entrances if you didn’t print one at home.
● As you explore, pause to observe small details in nature. Encourage younger children to use their senses (except taste!). Watch, listen, touch, or smell something for a full minute. Does it change as you observe? If you are touching plants or trees, practice the “two-finger touch”. Refrain from picking, pinching, pulling, or hitting anything.
● If you brought a notebook and drawing materials: Record new vocabulary to revisit at home, or draw something you see.
● Take pictures of interesting parts of nature that you are curious about!
● For help identifying things you see, check out these sites:
■ Seek (the kid-friendly version of the inaturalist app)
After your visit:
● Make a memory book of your visit to Green-Wood. Use the pictures you took, or draw some. Write down new words you learned and experiences you had.
● If you have a picture of a tree, flower, bird, or anything else you cannot identify, try to figure it out at home! You can also share it with us on social media using the hashtag #GWismyclassroom and we’ll help you out!