Exploring Nature at Home

Enjoy this great list of family nature activities from The Four Winds Nature Institute

Wildlife cams, backyard birding, book recommendations and more from The Nature Conservancy

Citizen Science projects from Sullivan County Conservation District Outreach and Education

Spring Seek and Find from NH Audubon Society

Not nature-related, but a fun “newsletter” from our neighbors at the Etna Library!

Scavenger Hunts

Here are some great nature-focused scavenger hunts. Let us know if you have a favorite for us to share!

Hanover Conservancy Scavenger Hunt

No Wooden Spoons: Nature hunt includes images for younger children, and this page also includes a city-themed hunt for more urban areas!

TeachersPayTeachers: Winter nature-themed scavenger hunt with pictures for all ages to use.

Trish Sutton: Words only; suitable for independent readers.

Simple Acres: Gratitude/mindfulness hunt

The Purple Pumpkin: Pictures only


You can find Geocaches on several Conservancy properties, and we always want to hear about your experience out in the forest! This worldwide activity requires a GPS (your phone will do!) and will introduce you to new, incredible places you might not otherwise have visited. Learn more about geocaching here. 

Greenboro Ridge –  Ice Cream Sphere

Greensboro Ridge – Triple 1 Double 5

Lower Slade Brook

Mayor-Niles Forest – So This is the Mayor-Niles Forest

Mayor-Niles Forest – Tote Road Cache

Mayor-Niles Forest – White Ledge

Valley Quests – search all here.

Balch Hill Quest (no treasure- takes you to summit)

Balch Hill Quest– older

Mink Brook Quest

Lower Slade Brook Quest

Trees of Dartmouth Quest

Velvet Rocks Quest

Online Resources

PBS Kids: Science lessons and activities to try at home

Nature: FREE episodes streaming on PBS

Our Planet, Planet Earth, or Seven Worlds, One Planet: Watch incredible footage from ecosystems around the world- available on Netflix and other streaming services. Read a NYTimes article on why nature shows are so popular right now.