#exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt
Looking for adventure? You’ve come to the right place. The #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt is an 8-week-long real-world scavenger hunt that traverses the Capital Region’s beautiful—and ecologically unique—wildlife preserves, just as spring unfolds. We want your family to witness firsthand the transformation—as fields erupt with Technicolor wildflowers, waterways surge with rainwater, and birdsong fills up the forests—from winter to summer. Though enabled by social media, #exploremore is all about immersing yourself in nature. Welcome to the great outdoors! This is life unplugged.
HOW IT WORKS (simple version)
1. Check BCS’s Insta and Facebook feeds (@bethlehemchildrensschool.org) each Friday for a riddle, and a hint about where you’re likely to find the answer.
2. Solve the riddle, then venture outside to find and photograph the answer on one of our partners’ preserves, being sure to include:
–2 hashtags: #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness
–a geotagged location (likely the name of the preserve).
3. Be entered to win great prizes!
HOW IT WORKS (tl;dr version)
Each Friday, we’ll post a clue in the form of a kid-friendly riddle to our Instagram and Facebook accounts, along with partner preserves where you’re likely to find the answer. You have until the following Thursday to venture out—bring the entire family!—onto one of the 30-odd preserves owned by our conservation partners. Call it a hike or a “hunt,” but once you’ve located the answer, snap a geotagged photo of it (selfies welcomed!), and post it to your social media account(s)*, along with the hashtags #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. You can tag BCS, too, to ensure we don’t miss it.
For each week that you participate, you’ll be registered in a drawing for prizes. At the end of eight weeks, on June 14, all participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing** to earn a free week of Summer Camp here at Bethlehem Children’s School!
*we’ll be tracking Instagram and Facebook for prize drawings
**for every week you participate, you’ll earn additional entries in the grand prize drawing (i.e. six weeks = six entries).
WEEK 1: April 19-25 (ANSWER: Vernal Pond)
WEEK 2: April 26-May 2 (ANSWER: Butterfly)
WEEK 3: May 3-9 (ANSWER: Fern)
WEEK 4: May 10-16 (ANSWER: Waterfall)
WEEK 5: May 17-23 (ANSWER: ???)
WEEK 6: May 24-30
WEEK 7: May 31-June 6
WEEK 8: June 7-13
WHY WE’RE DOING IT
Nature. Wisdom. Wellness. That’s our motto here at Bethlehem Children’s School, because we know how important it is for kids to get outside and explore—how it opens them up to a world of curiosity, connects them to their local ecosystem, and makes them happier and healthier (even into adulthood, says science!).
It’s why we’ve adhered to a nature-based curriculum since the school opened its doors in 1995. You needn’t look any further than our lush, 4-acre campus in Slingerlands—where students spend ample time outdoors, “trail stomping” through our woods, overturning logs in search of worms and, well, running wild (they are kids, after all)—to see the impact. Our kids are happy, outward-looking individuals who love to learn, a quality that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
We wanted to bring that experience to more kids across the Capital Region. That’s why we’ve partnered with local conservation groups The Nature Conservancy, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy to encourage families to witness the awakening of spring and explore the outdoors together in the region’s treasure trove of naturally preserved spaces.
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES!
Keep the fun going all summer at BCS’s Summer Camps, where we combine engaging workshops from local teachers with plenty of free-play on our network of hiking trails, field games, water play, and time in our gardens. Children are given ample opportunities to develop their creativity, lead the exploration of the world around them, and make new friends. Spots are filling quickly, so sign up now!