Scavenger Hunt

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Are you spending a lot of time at home this summer? Is it difficult to find new, engaging activities around your community? Due to the current social restrictions, we have created fun activities that you and your family can enjoy while staying safe. Shake off that COVID boredom and become invasive plant detectives! Turn your walks into exciting scavenger hunts and learn to identify invasive plants in your neighbourhood. Scroll down to find more information on our Invasive Species Scavenger Hunts!

Pssstttt! Did you know?

You can also help protect your neighborhood by planning your own DIY Weed Pull!

We’ve put together a fun activity to help you learn about invasive species in your communities. Watch the video or scroll down for more information:

 

 

Since invasive species vary depending on what region of the Sea to Sky you’re in, please select the area closest to you:

Squamish

Before you begin the scavenger hunt:
  1. Learn how to identify invasive plants
  2. Gather your supplies
  3. Plan your route
  4. Start searching!

Scroll down to learn more about each one.

Save the PDF version of this toolkit to your phone for when you head out!

Step 1: learn how to identify these invasive plants

Yellow Flag Iris

Japanese Knotweed

Scotch Broom (B.Brett)

Common Burdock

Mountain Bluet (Dave Steers)

English Ivy

Yellow Lamium

Canada Thistle

Common Periwinkle

Orange Hawkweed (David Steers)

Oxeye Daisy

Himalayan Blackberry (B. Johnson)

Scentless Chamomile

Himalayan Balsam

Step 2: gather your supplies

We recommend that you bring the following supplies on your Scavenger Hunt:

  • Download the Scavenger Hunt Checklist
  • A detective’s eye (you never know where invasives might be hiding in plain sight!)
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Phone (to reference invasive plant ID cards and take photos to report your findings)
  • Phone or GPS (to mark the location of your findings)

Step 3: make a plan

Before you head out, consider the following:

  • Who owns the land? Make sure you are on public land; always seek the landholder’s permission if you are on private property.
  • Are you sure it’s an invasive plant? To confirm the plant is one of the above invasive species try using iNaturalist, GoogleLens, PlantSnap, and PlantNet phone apps, they can be very helpful!
  • Will I be able to adhere to social distancing guidelines? Make sure you’ll be in a non-crowded area and will be able to maintain a safe distance from people outside of your household ‘bubble’.

Step 4: start searching!

You’re ready Plant Detective, time to head out for your first scavenger hunt – good luck!

Don’t forget to take pictures and report any findings at ssisc.ca/report or using the form below:

Report an Invasive Species to SSISC

Whistler

Planning your scavenger hunt is easy – just follow these steps:
  1. Learn how to identify invasive plants
  2. Gather your supplies
  3. Plan your route
  4. Start searching!

Scroll down to learn more about each one.

Save the PDF version of this Scavenger Hunt Checklist to your phone for when you head out!

Step 1: learn how to identify these invasive plants

Yellow Flag Iris

Scotch Broom (B.Brett)

Common Burdock

Mountain Bluet (Dave Steers)

Yellow Lamium

Canada Thistle

Common Periwinkle

Orange Hawkweed (David Steers)

Oxeye Daisy

Common Tansy

Scentless Chamomile

Step 2: gather your supplies

We recommend that you bring the following supplies on your Scavenger Hunt:

  • Download the Scavenger Hunt Checklist
  • A detective’s eye (you never know where invasives might be hiding in plain sight!)
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Phone (to reference invasive plant ID cards and take photos to report your findings)
  • Phone or GPS (to mark the location of your findings)

Step 3: make a plan

Before you head out, consider the following:

  • Who owns the land? Make sure you are on public land; always seek the landholder’s permission if you are on private property.
  • Are you sure it’s an invasive plant? To confirm the plant is one of the above invasive species try using iNaturalist, GoogleLens, PlantSnap, and PlantNet phone apps, they can be very helpful!
  • Will I be able to adhere to social distancing guidelines? Make sure you’ll be in a non-crowded area and will be able to maintain a safe distance from people outside of your household ‘bubble’.

Step 4: start searching!

You’re ready Plant Detective, time to head out for your first scavenger hunt – good luck!

Don’t forget to take pictures and report any findings at ssisc.ca/report or using the form below:

Report an Invasive Species to SSISC

Pemberton

Planning your own scavenger hunt is easy – just follow these steps:
  1. Learn how to identify invasive plants
  2. Gather your supplies
  3. Make a plan
  4. Start Searching!

Scroll down to learn more about each one.

Save the PDF version of this Scavenger Hunt Checklist to your phone for when you head out!

Pemberton

Step 1: learn how to identify these invasive plants

Diffuse Knapweed

Common Tansy

Dalmation Toadflax

Common Burdock

Mountain Bluet (Dave Steers)

Hoary Alyssum

Yellow Lamium

Canada Thistle

Common Periwinkle

Orange Hawkweed (David Steers)

Oxeye Daisy

Himalayan Blackberry (B. Johnson)

Scentless Chamomile

Himalayan Balsam

Step 2: gather your supplies

We recommend that you bring the following supplies on your Scavenger Hunt:

  • Download the Scavenger Hunt Checklist
  • A detective’s eye (you never know where invasives might be hiding in plain sight!)
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Phone (to reference invasive plant ID cards and take photos to report your findings)
  • Phone or GPS (to mark the location of your findings)

Step 3: make a plan

Before you head out, consider the following:

  • Who owns the land? Make sure you are on public land; always seek the landholder’s permission if you are on private property.
  • Are you sure it’s an invasive plant? To confirm the plant is one of the above invasive species try using iNaturalist, GoogleLens, PlantSnap, and PlantNet phone apps, they can be very helpful!
  • Will I be able to adhere to social distancing guidelines? Make sure you’ll be in a non-crowded area and will be able to maintain a safe distance from people outside of your household ‘bubble’.

Step 4: start searching!

You’re ready Plant Detective, time to head out for your first scavenger hunt – good luck!

Don’t forget to take pictures and report any findings at ssisc.ca/report or using the form below:

Report an Invasive Species to SSISC