Go on a Sound Scavenger Hunt

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you!

The sounds of a national park can help you relax and connect to nature or bring history to life. Yet we often take these sounds for granted. When we spend time listening attentively, we can become immersed in our surroundings. We tune in to the sounds of nature, of people, or of history and culture. This awareness can make any park experience even better.

Take a journey with your ears using this game in any park or outdoor area. You can write down all the sounds you hear and compare with your friends. You can also record sounds to share later.

What sounds will you find in YOUR park?

A group of teens listening and writing with red canyon walls around them.
A group of students listening to the sounds of the Grand Canyon.

Photo by Dara Dawson

  • What is the LOUDEST sound you can hear?

  • What is the QUIETEST sound you can hear?

  • How many ANIMAL sounds can you hear (birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, reptiles)?

  • How many PEOPLE sounds can you hear (walking, talking)?

  • How many CULTURAL/HISTORIC sounds can you hear (reenactments, cannons, music)?

  • How many WATER sounds can you hear (waves, rushing water, lapping water, rain)?

  • How many WIND sounds can you hear (whistling, howling, rustling leaves, swaying trees)?

  • How many MECHANICAL sounds can you hear (cars, planes, contruction, lawnmowers, trains)?

  • What was your FAVORITE sound and how did it make you feel?

  • What was your LEAST FAVORITE sound and how did it make you feel?

  • Add your own sounds to this list and explore all that you can hear in YOUR park!

Visit our Sound Gallery

NPS scientists have recorded sounds from parks across the country. Check out some of the highlights in our sound gallery

Last updated: April 8, 2015