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The cooler temperatures that fall brings makes it the perfect time to go on a nature hike. During the fall there is all sorts to see when you head outdoors, including changing colors and animals on the move. Why not bundle the kids up and take them on a nature hike, and see what you can spy? Look at these 20 items to spy on a fall nature hike, and see how fun and educational your hike can be!
20 Must Find Items to Spy on Your Fall Nature Hike
If you wish, you can print out this list of 20 items to spy on a fall nature hike and take it with you. Check off items as you find them, or even sketch pictures of them in a nature walk journal. This is a great way to document your trip and remember everything you saw!
1. Look for leaves changing from green to red, yellow, or orange. Look for the signs of leaves changing colors and falling from the trees.
2. See if you can spot squirrel collecting acorns or acorns falling from trees. You may also find hoards of their nuts around trees.
3. Look for birds building fall nests in tree trunks. Look for holes in trunks for signs of life.
4. Try to spot mums, sedum, or other fall blooming flowers. These go crazy and bloom this time of year.
5. Look up for birds flying south for the winter. This can include geese, robin, finches, and other bird varieties.
6. Look for owls looming in trees. You can also listen for their calls, especially in the evening hours.
7. Listen for dried and crunchy leaves on the ground. They should make sounds as you step.
8. Notice the sun setting earlier, notice the colors it makes in the sky.
9. Listen and look for blackbirds, ravens, or crows.
10. See if you can spy mushrooms growing in dark, damp places.
11. See if you can spot moss growing on tree trunks.
12. Look down for animal tracks in the mud. See how many different kinds you can spot.
13. Try to spot cattails or other plants that bloom around ponds and lakes.
14. Listen for crickets and spot them if you can.
15. Look for moths fluttering around plants.
16. If you go in the evening you can look for bats.
17. Check for spider webs in trees and shrubs.
18. If you go in the evening look for signs of a brightly colored autumn moon.
19. Look for animal burrows in the ground or around the trunks of trees.
20. Look for rabbits fattening up for the winter. They will be eating a lot of foliage.
Are you ready to take in all the sights and smells of fall? Then head outdoors for a fall nature hike, and see how many of these items you can spot! These 20 items to spy on a fall nature hike will keep your kids active, interested, and in the mood for all things fall!