Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Use The Hidden Worlds of The National Parks virtual tour from Google on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The virtual tour does not work well on a phone. Some devices will allow you to explore by moving your cursor around, but some will not.

Volcanoes experience cycles of eruptions – there are times when lava can be seen flowing on the land, and there are times when it exists only as magma beneath the surface of the Earth. This virtual tour was created during a period of active lava flow. Currently, no active lava flow is visible on the island of Hawaiʻi.

Enjoy this virtual tour and answer the following scavenger hunt questions. When you complete the questions, obtain a parent or guardian's permission and email us your answers.

Banner with several different national parks names
Click on “Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park” on your device

1. Introduction – click on “start exploring” and watch the introduction by National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson; then click on “Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park” – listen to the introduction.


  • What is the name of the park ranger who introduces Hawaiʻi Volcanoes?
  • What did her family do for work, which she also did at the time this video was shot?
  • Who is the “fire goddess” she mentions?
  • What used to run through the tube 500-700 years ago?
Screen capture from a virtual tour of a rainforest outside a lava tube
Click “Explore the Lava Tube” on your device

2. Click “Explore the Lava Tube” and listen to the ranger.


  • What creates the ceiling and sides of the tube?
  • What colors do you see inside?
Interior of a lava tube lit by orange lights
Click “Visit the Volcanic Cliffs” on your device

3. Click “Visit the Volcanic Cliffs” and listen to the ranger.

  • What created the new land?
  • What nests in the cliffs?
Screen capture from a virtual tour of a sea cliffs
Click “Explore an active volcano” on your device

4. Click “Explore an active volcano” and listen to the ranger.

  • What is the name of the caldera?

  • What is the name of the crater?

Screen capture from virtual tour of an erupting volcanic caldera
Click  “Fly over an active volcano” on your device

5. Click the red square “Fly over an active volcano” and listen to the ranger.

  • What year does she say Puʻu Ōʻō most recently started erupting?
  • Is it erupting now?
  • What did Andreaʻs family do when lava claimed their home?
Screen capture from a virtual tour of a volcanic caldera with red buttons
Click “Watch the 1959 eruption” on your device

6. Click on the red square “Watch the 1959 eruption”

  • Where is this eruption?
  • Do you know anyone who saw this eruption?
  • How did people who viewed it protect themselves from the heat?

7. Putting it all together.

  • What natural elements affect your life in the place where you live? (for example, do you experience hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.)
  • What do you do to stay safe?
  • Have these natural elements influenced the culture of your community? (for example, are there any stories or legends about big storms from the past?)
  • How do you enjoy the outdoors?

If you would like to submit your answers to possibly win a prize, get the permission of your parent or guardian and email us. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.


Last updated: November 26, 2021

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