Wildlife Walk

Students will use their observation skills to identify signs of wildlife.
Grades: K-7
Seasons: All
Time: Variable
Supplies: Wildlife Walk Checklist, Nature Journal, binoculars, camera, ID guide, printable track sheet (all optional).
Resources: Animal Track ID
Lesson Plan PDF

Have you ever wondered about all the signs of wildlife you see when you’re in your “wild backyards”, but not sure what they mean? Take a virtual wildlife walk with Wildsight educator Dave Quinn, then head out to do some wildlife detective work of your own.


One of nature’s services we can all tap into is “education and inspiration”. We can wonder, and be amazed by the biodiversity that is all around us. However, wildlife do not always cooperate by standing out in the open for us to enjoy. This means we need to use our observation skills to look extra closely at our surroundings. Ready to do some wildlife detective work?

Let’s go!


1. Head out to your backyard or further afar with your family on a wildlife walk.

• Slow down, look closely.

• Get down on all fours and see what you notice that you might have missed from standing height.

• Look up! See what might be happening on and in the trees you see on your Wildlife walk.

2. While you are out on your wildlife walk consider the following questions:

• Who: Who left this track? Or scat?

• What: What was the animal doing?

• When: When was it here?

• Where: Where was it going? Where did it come from?

• Why: Why was it here?

• How: How would it feel to be this animal, to see through its eyes?

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