Is your child curious?

Are you looking for a healthy family activity that is engaging, educational, doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t involve staring into an electronic screen?

Maybe then you’d like to go on a scavenger hunt at one of five Joshua’s Trust properties.

Conceived and executed by a trio of Trust volunteers, the scavenger hunt leads pre-schoolers and school-aged children on a romp through the woods looking for leaves, bugs, things to jump over and signs of local wildlife.

A look at one of the scavenger hunt sheets at the trailheads.Families may pick up a reusable laminated scavenger hunt sheet at the Trust kiosks located at the entrances of five properties: Whetton Woods and Bradley-Buchanan Woods in Mansfield, Iron Mine Valley in Ashford, Utley Hill Preserve in Columbia and Allanach-Wolf Woodlands in Windham. (Click on names for directions.)

Each double-sided sheet has specific challenges and tasks to perform depending on the child’s age: “Find three different kinds of leaves, find fungus on the ground; listen, how many kinds of birds do you hear?”

Families are encouraged to take photos on their visits and post them on the Joshua’s Trust Facebook page.

The hunts were developed by Trust members Maggie Ferron, Nancy Silander and Ann Dunnack. Ferron said the scavenger hunt sheets will be updated seasonally  so families can enjoy the properties year round.