Design Your Own Nature Scavenger Hunt

by Les

Maybe you weren’t able to join us for the Nature Scavenger Hunt this past Saturday, but you can easily design your own scavenger hunt using a few of the books in our collection and some online resources.

Try using Birds of Kentucky: Field Guide by Stan Tekiela (598.2) the Birds of Kentucky online checklist, and the Birdzilla internet birding site to compile a list of birds to find.  For finding Kentucky wildflowers, I recommend Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes & Wilson Francis (582.1309769) and the web site Kentucky Wildflowers. Both of these resources even divide the plants by season and color. Mammals of Kentucky by Roger Barbour and Wayne Davis (599.09769) will introduce you to our state’s most common mammals.  The Kentucky AWAKE  (All Wild About Kentucky Environment) web site and  the Kentucky Crosswords web site have general lists that include a large variety of Kentucky plants and animals.

Compose a list, print some pictures and head out to one of the many beautiful parks.  If you’re having trouble picking a place to hike, visit the Kentucky State Parks web site for a nice tour of some of the best spots.

Having trouble making a list or printing the pictures?  Email Our Adult Programming Librarian, Les Lehman at, and she’ll give you a copy of the list that we used for the JCPL Nature Scavenger Hunt.

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