Land Use Photo Scavenger Hunt Land Use Photo Scavenger Hunt


  • To locate, identify, and document the land uses that are present within the study area
  • To describe how and by whom the various land uses are utilized in the community


  • Digital camera
  • Map of assigned area
  • Notebook
  • Pen


Photo Hunt
The objective of the photo hunt should be to have students identify, document, map, and observe the various land uses that are present in their assigned survey area.  Once a group locates the particular land use, they should photograph the space, notate where that particular parcel exists on the map (digital or paper), and take notes on how the space is being used, especially if it’s a vacant lot or public open space.  In addition to recording who and how the space is being used, the students should record their impressions of the location, whether it’s good or bad, and whether it relaxes them or makes them anxious. 

Debrief/Follow Up
After the survey/inventory is completed, the students should return to the lab and discuss with the group some of the observations they made while in the field.  Additionally, the students should transfer all of their data into the computer and begin putting a map together that incorporates the observations of all of the groups.

After the group has discussed their discoveries they should begin cataloguing, tagging, and uploading their photos to the blog.  The first step should be to walk through the tutorial with the students (   

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