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Forest Food Scavenger Hunt

Forest Food Scavenger Hunt

Spring is in full swing, and COVID-19 has us all staying #HealthyatHome more than usual. But luckily, whether you’re in one of Louisville’s 17 Olmsted Parks or at home in your own backyard, there is plenty of nature to explore. In this scavenger hunt, we’ll be identifying forest foods and food chains.


Identifying Forest Foods

Everything you see in the forest is part of a food chain. A food chain is a model that shows how energy is passed, in the form of food, from one organism to another, like the one below. The arrows between the organisms show the direction of energy flow.

The organisms in a food chain can be either producers, consumers, or decomposers:


Can you collect the following forest foods?

(5 points possible)
  1. Three different types of seeds or nuts (1 POINT)
  2. A dead bug (1 POINT)
  3. A flower head (1 POINT)
  4. A pine cone (1 POINT)
  5. A leaf that an animal has chewed (1 POINT)

BONUS QUESTIONS

Earn up to 5 extra points by looking at the following list of organisms and identifying them as either producers, consumers, or decomposers.

ORGANISMSROLE IN FOOD CHAIN
Deer (1 POINT)_______________________
Pine Tree (1 POINT)_______________________
Mushroom (1 POINT)_______________________
Flower (1 POINT)_______________________
Fish (1 POINT)_______________________

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