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Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives

The Indy City Nature Challenge has officially kicked off!  In honor of this event we are sharing this great activity from the City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit.

Good detective work is important in understanding animals. Today we will look for clues that tell us how they exist!


A piece of paper and something to write with.


  1. Make a list of all of the different kinds of animal evidence you may see when you explore outside (animal homes, tracks, droppings, scratches, marks, half eaten plants)
  2. Go outside and explore, looking for animal evidence.  Remember to be kind to nature, not ripping anything out of the ground.
  3. Record what you find in your different categories and draw pictures of what you see.
  4. Try to identify which animal the evidence may belong to!