Each person should have their basic Emergency Survival Kit in case someone gets separated.
Each person should have sturdy footwear - no sandals or Crocs.
Review basic safety tips such as blowing your whistle only when you are lost and hugging a tree if you are lost.
Make sure each person has some water.
You might increase everyone's motivation to look around if you bring nature scavenger hunt handouts.
You can use your magnifying glass or binoculars to look at the woods in a new way.
Try to imitate them to see if you get a response.
A "psh" sound can sometimes draw birds closer to you.
Using the side of your crayon sometimes works better.
We made round crayons by melting down crayon bits in muffin tins.
And never pick living things to take home. In some places, you are not supposed to bring home even non-living things - always ask.
If you need to use the restroom and there is no toilet, put your toilet paper in your trash bag. Don't bury it in the woods.
You are more likely to see wildlife if you are quiet.
Also, play a game to see what you hear when you all walk silently for 60 seconds.
This is a good chance to talk about having reverence for nature.