Earth Day Online Scavenger Hunt
It’s Earth Day! Normally this is a day when communities have lots of organized activities to help people learn about and improve the environment, but with the current global pandemic that is not an option this year. So, we created this fun and educational online scavenger hunt that families can complete together while sheltering at home. We hope that as you check off all of the challenges on this list, you will learn about important environmental issues and find ways you can reduce your family’s environmental impact & help solve the climate crisis.
1. Find pictures & population data of 5 endangered species.
2. Find an image, video, or article about rain bombs.
3. Find a picture of an invasive species (plant or animal) that has been found in your area and look up information on why it is problematic.
4. Find information about local recycling programs. Make a list of items that can be recycled in your area and hang it near your trash bin as a reminder.
5. Find pictures of healthy coral reefs and pictures of coral reefs affected by ocean acidification. Discuss the differences and the environmental effects of ocean acidification.
6. Use a website like carbonfootprint.com to calculate your household’s carbon footprint. Examine the results and discuss ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
7. Look up water usage for baths vs showers of various lengths. Calculate how much water your family uses for baths and showers over a week, month, and year.
8. Locate an area impacted by severe drought. List at least 3 ways the region has been impacted by drought beyond water needs.
9. Look up data on sea ice loss since you were born. Find a video or graphic to help you visualize what that loss looks like.
10. Look up information or watch videos about the pressing environmental issues related to disposable and one-time-use plastic products. Take a tour of your home and make a list of plastic products you can commit to replacing with items made of other materials and disposable products you can replace with reusable versions within the next year.