© Suzanna Black

What makes life extreme? In order to survive and thrive in the conditions where they live on Earth, species have evolved in many interesting and amazing ways. They may have a bizarre behavior, an extraordinary appearance, or even exceptional size or strength.  Explore some examples of plants and animals with extreme adaptations all around the museum with this scavenger hunt.

Teacher Prep

This activity is a ready-made scavenger hunt that complements our exhibit halls. Just download, print, and make copies for your students!

Don't forget to set the stage for the activity, and clarify any rules.

Note: the Naturalist Center, where the orca skull can be found, is open on weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm.

Creative Commons Licensed

The above activity is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license type by Creative Commons which allows you to remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially as long as you credit the California Academy of Sciences and license any new creations under the identical terms.

Appropriate for: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Standards for: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Subjects: Life Science, Structure & Function
Exhibits: California Coast, Living Roof, Naturalist Center