Woman Holding Dslr Camera in front of tree



Our first-ever Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fantastic opportunity to explore the outdoors, visit conservation areas across Niagara, Haldimand, and Hamilton, and have fun with family and friends.

There are two different versions, one for children under 10 and another one for adults. Please see list of items below for each version of the scavenger hunt.

We will be choosing a winner every month, who will receive some swag, 110 Nature Hotspots in Ontario book, and TWO Day Passes to visit one of our 4 flagship properties (Ball's Falls, Binbrook, Chippawa, and Long Beach Conservation Areas) for FREE! Children participants will win similar swag, with a nature colouring book and a set of markers.

To enter the contest, you must do the following:
Photos must be submitted on the last day of every month, by 4 p.m, to photocontest@npca.ca. A bonus ballot will be given to those who share their photos on social media by tagging @NPCA_Ontario and using #NPCAPhotoHunt (one ballot per post).

  • Must subscribe to the mailing list found on npca.ca
  • Take one photo for each of the items described on the list
  • Photos must be taken in the Niagara Peninsula Watershed between December 2018 and February 2019
  • Photos must be taken at NPCA Conservation Areas (the list of 41 properties can be found at www.npca.ca.)
  • Photo files must be named as follows: Name of Participant, Item, Conservation Area where photo was taken.


Photos list: Adults/Families/Kids over 10 years old (Download list here)

  • Looking up at a very tall tree
  • A cave
  • Selfie with a Bruce Trail sign (not a tree marker)
  • Waterfall
  • Swamp forest
  • Waterfowl
  • A hawk, owl, eagle or other bird of prey
  • Funky mushroom
  • Animal tracks
  • Animal scat
  • Lichen
  • Tree with bark that is not brown
  • Something that doesn’t belong in nature
  • A nest
  • Selfie next to a creek or river (not too close!)
  • Sapling
  • A tree that takes at least 2 people to wrap their arms around
  • something that looks pretty with snow/ice on it
  • NPCA trail sign with a map on it
  • An unusual gate
  • Woodpecker holes in a tree
  • Selfie at your favourite hiking location

Kids 10 and under: (Download list here)

  • Something fuzzy
  • Something brown
  • Something soft
  • Something alive
  • Something smelly
  • Something cold
  • Something pokey
  • A chewed-on leaf
  • Something red
  • Something yellow
  • Something blue
  • A pinecone
  • A feather
  • A twig shaped like a letter of the alphabet
  • 3 different kinds of leaves
  • Moss growing on a tree
  • A pattern in nature
  • Someone jumping in the air on a hiking trail
  • A pretty rock
  • Something that you think is beautiful
  • An acorn