For the Kids: Newtown Creek Scavenger Hunt

by Heather Van De Mark on

If you have an afternoon free and are looking for ways to entertain some kids (in the 2nd – 6th grade age range), consider spending that free time exploring the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. As a special bonus for the kids, NYC DEP created a really cool scavenger hunt for the kids. It’s educational, but they won’t realize it, they’ll be too busy sketching boulders, examining bridges, and learning about NYC waterways.

Download the NYC DEP Newtown Creek Nature Walk (PDF). Their website says it will take about two hours to complete the scavenger hunt. Here’s a sample page:

About the Newtown Creek Nature Walk
Built in 2007, the Nature Walk runs along the Newtown Creek in north Greenpoint behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant. It’s a 1/4-mile public walkway that includes environmental sculptures, indigenous plant life and a fragrance garden, while sitting beside one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country amidst a backdrop of industrial factories. The Nature Walk is a special place–unusual, beautiful, tranquil and rough. These juxtapositions create an interesting space that engages all visitors.

The Newtown Creek Nature Walk is open to the public daily, from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.

Newtown Creek Nature Walk

© 2010 Will Sherman. Newtown Creek Nature Walk.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.