Outdoor Challenge


Looking for a bit of adventure at your local park or even right in your own backyard?


Challenge your family with some fun creative writing, and scientific environmental discovery!


Each week a new nature challenge will be posted, you can even share your entries as you create a summertime adventure journal all your own!  



Share your creativity with us!

Submit your entries to share with the community

by emailing them to shareyourphotos@plugintonature.org!


(We will only post the initials of the author, NO last names please.) 

Native Plant Hunt

Swamp Milkweed
Fleabane Daisy

Can you hunt for native plants in your backyard or nearby nature area?

What is a native plant? Plants that have grown naturally in a specified area prior to europeans settling in America are considered to be native or indigenous to the environment.


Take photographs and sketch outlines loosely and add labels for your treasured finds in your field journal. 


Here are some things to look for: 

  • A small flowering plant mixed in with your backyard grass.
  • Can you find milkweed? What type of butterfly relies on milkweed to survive? 
  • How do the native plant species benefit your chosen environment? 
  • Which native trees are growing here? Do they produce any significant source of food or shelter for animals in your ecosystem? 


Need a reference to compare your finds to?  


IPFW Native Trees of Indiana Riverwalk has a very informative list of native species: 



Indiana Native Plant Database:




Happy hunting!  Remember to leave your discoveries in the forests and natural areas, never intentionally remove species - only observe and take photos. 


Don't forget to share what you find!


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