Camping Safety Tips for Kids


Know Your Poisons

Know your poisons and learn to recognize plants that will give you a rash if touched.

What You'll Need:

  • Garden gloves
  • Drawings or photos of poisonous plants
  • Poster board or large construction paper
  • Home medical book
  • Construction paper
  • Safe scissors
  • Glue

How to Know Your Poisons:

Step 1: Before hiking in the woods, be sure to know what plants have oils that can cause itchy rashes. Help fellow hikers by knowing how to recognize the following plants:

  • Poison ivy has three pointed, shiny leaflets; in the summer, poison ivy may have white berries. Found over most of the United States, ivy may cross with poison oak where the two plants are found near each other.
  • Poison oak is like poison ivy, but the leaves are more rounded and resemble the leaves of a white oak. The plant may be a shrub or a tree-climbing vine. Found mostly on the West Coast, usually in forests and on sunny, dry slopes. It's also found in disturbed places.
  • Poison sumac has seven to nine pointed leaflets. The leaves are shiny and it, too, may have white berries. Found mostly in the eastern United States.

Step 2: If poisonous plants live in your area, find a specimen in the wild. Always wear garden gloves.

Step 3: Photograph or draw it as accurately as possible. Use a home medical guide to learn proper treatment for contact with poisonous plants.

Step 4: Make a poster with this information using cut-out letters from construction paper.

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