13 commonly occurring natural history items. 400 acres. A little more than one hour to find them all. Can you do it? Welcome to Friday night’s camp activity, the Nature Scavenger Hunt! Our enthusiasm at Chewonki for the natural world makes this event possible, as well as the skilled teachings of Doc Fred and the rest of his nature staff. Cabins compete as teams against their neighboring cabins, scouring Chewonki Neck in as efficient a manner as possible with hopes of accurately collecting as many items on the list as possible. Last night, skies were overcast and the sun now sets just after 8 pm, so our campers were also competing against darkness with hopes of finding their items. Once the lists are distributed, campers scatter at the word “Go!” to find the items on their list. Our library of field guides is available to our campers to help the campers identify the items. I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge on display by our campers, much of it gained here at Chewonki. Even more impressive was the enthusiasm for the general activity and for finding all of the items. I feel it is part of what makes Chewonki a little different than most other summer experiences. Nature is cool here! We model a genuine enthusiasm for learning about the world around us. The winning teams will get to enjoy a special dessert tomorrow with their cabin as well! So, how would you do on this scavenger hunt? Here are the items: Non-insect arthropods; A female Eastern Hemlock cone; a non-native, invasive animal species; a Moosewood leaf; an aquatic insect; the inflorescence of a wild plant; a non-gilled mushroom; physical evidence of the life activities of some wild mammal; a macroscopic marine alga; a land-living mollusk; galls formed by mites; and the seed of a White Ash tree. Bonus item: Exuviae.