16 – Beach

Congratulations! You have found the last clue! Welcome to the beach.

Great job! On this Scavenger Hunt, you walked ¾ mile. Walking is a fun way to stay healthy and go adventuring!

Fun facts about North Carolina beaches:

  • North Carolina beaches provide nesting habitats for five of the seven endangered species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green, and leatherback sea turtles.
  • Many of the shells that you find on NC beaches are hundreds if not thousands of years old.

Now that you’ve completed the Scavenger Hunt, safely make your way back to Dowdy Park and visit the check-in table for prizes and give-a-ways!

15 – Crosswalk to Beach

Welcome to location #15 of the Scavenger Hunt!

You’re on a roll! (Or a walk?!)


At this crosswalk, let’s practice the SEP method again and focus on eye contact.

SHOW: Demonstrate how to look at drivers and make eye contact before crossing.

EXPLAIN: Talk with your child about why eye contact is so important. Ask your child the following questions:

Why is it safer to make eye contact with a driver before crossing? (Establish that they have seen you and are paying attention)

What kind of gesture will a driver make if they want to show me that they have seen me and it is safe to cross in front of them? (Wave, smile, raise hand, etc.)

PRACTICE: Hold hands with your child, make eye contact with a driver and wait for them to indicate it is safe to cross. Do this for both sides of traffic. Practice looking at the driver in both lanes as you cross.

13 – Volcano

Hooray! You found the 13th item – the Volcano!

Did you know?

The closest volcano to North Carolina is Zuni Bandera Field in New Mexico, which has not been active since 1170 B.C. and is more than 2,000 miles away.

12 – Speed Limit Sign

Congratulations! You have solved the 12th clue!

It’s really important for drivers to always follow the speed limit – especially when there are people walking or biking in or near traffic.

All road users are safer when cars are traveling slower. In fact, a difference in only 10 mph makes a huge difference in survivability if someone is hit.

(Source: ITE)

11 – Crossing

You have found the 11th location of the Scavenger Hunt!

Grown-ups – kids learn by observation. Let’s practice the SEP method (please see the brochure you received).

SHOW: Show your child how to look both ways for cars and how to listen for traffic.

EXPLAIN: Have a short discussion about why you look both ways and listen for cars. Ask questions and listen to your child to see if they understand.

PRACTICE: Now, holding hands, practice looking both ways, listening, and then crossing together. If a car approaches, practice waiting in a safe spot and making eye contact with the driver.

As you practice the SEP method with your child, they will build healthy and safe habits which will last a lifetime.

10 – Shoulder marking

Cheers! You are at the 10th location for the Scavenger Hunt!

Anytime you are walking, it’s important to use your eyes and ears to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.

What do you hear right now?

What do you see?

How can you use your eyes and your ears to stay safe on the road?

Now try plugging your ears with your fingers. What do you hear now?

If you were wearing headphones, how might that affect your awareness of your surroundings?

5 – Tree Tunnels

Yay! You solved the 5th clue.

Walking or cycling a mile to and from school each day can save 600 pounds of polluting carbon emissions per school year – the equivalent of planting a tree.

Want to learn more about walking to school? Visit https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/walk-to-school/ .

4 – Musical Chimes

Great job! You found the 4th item.

Did you know that music helps brain development and academic skills?

According to UNICEF:

“Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.

Learning to play a musical instrument can improve mathematical learning, and even increases school scores.”


For more information, visit: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/child-development/how-music-affects-your-babys-brain-class

1 – Little Free Library

Congratulations! You found the first item in the Scavenger Hunt!

This is a Little Free Library.

The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.

There are more than 100,000 + Little Free Libraries in over 100 countries that provide access to more than 42 million books every year.

For more information, visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Free Scavenger Hunt Adventure at Safe Routes to School Day

October 9, 2021

10 am – 2 pm

Dowdy Park

(3005 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959)

Register here (free).

The Scavenger Hunt features riddles and clues for kids to explore Dowdy Park and practice crossing the road safely with a grown-up.

If you complete the entire hunt, you will end up walking approximately ¾ mile in total.

Please bring a mask and be prepared to stay 6 ft apart.

What to bring

  1. Mask
  2. Comfortable walking shoes
  3. Sunscreen and/or hat
  4. Water
  5. (optional) Book donations for the Little Free Library


  • Park at Dowdy Park (3005 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959)
  • To start the scavenger hunt, stop by the table near the parking lot. You’ll receive a scavenger hunt worksheet, a pencil, and instructions.
  • Once you have completed the scavenger hunt, stop by the table again for prizes!

More about Safe Routes to School Day

The focus of the day will be on our “Show, Explain, Practice” campaign, which encourages grown-ups to have meaningful conversations with kids about how to be safe around traffic.

For more about this program, read Kids Learn Learn How to Act on the Road by Watching You.

This free event is hosted by the Traffic Safety Marketing and Programs group at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education in partnership with the Albemarle Rural Planning Organization. The Safe Routes to School grant is provided by the NC Department of Transportation.

Help us spread the word about this event! Download and distribute the Safe Routes to School Day flyer.