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We invite you and your family to embark on an adventure: one of your own making!

Avalonia Hike and Seek encourages exploration of our beautiful preserves by children, families, and the general public through a scavenger hunt format. It allows participants to use technology in a simple, positive way to learn about the nature of each preserve and encourage observations and sharing of discoveries!


Check out the 27 Avalonia properties included in this activity and note the many fun and interesting clues and targets set for seeking. Learn about nature through various linked online resources.

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Choose a property (or properties!) to visit. Download trail maps directly to your phone or tablet.


Visit the preserves of your choice, at your own pace. Take time to explore and capture photos of targets or anything else interesting to you! While on your hike, use your smartphone to refer back to the targets page. How many targets can you find? What is your favorite thing about the preserve?


Share your photos…we would love to see what you found! Post your images on Instagram with #MyAvalonia. Or email your photos to Please note that Avalonia may post and share submitted photos.

Please remember to respect the habitat and avoid closed areas. Leave bikes and vehicles at the trailhead or parking area. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. See a full list of visitation guidelines and our dog policy.

Read about the new study on kids and the outdoors

Hike & Seek is intended to be an ongoing, year-round, fun opportunity. There is no true beginning or end date and the targets are not season-dependent but may change in appearance over the course of the year. We will continue to add new photo targets to inspire and challenge you as seasons change.

This is not a competition but a personal challenge. Everyone who gets out and explores is truly a winner!

Photo Credits: Karen Askins, Heather Milardo, Rick Newton, Janice Parker, Kathleen Smith, Beth Sullivan, Pat Turner

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