Library Loans Free Nature Backpacks to Get Kids Outside

Young boy using net from nature backpack.

Remember when mom told you it’s a beautiful day, go outside and play?

Our Library is doing the same, but one-upping mom by loaning free nature-themed backpacks so kids of all ages can enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature and science. It is a great outside activity for families and groups, such as scouts and other youth organizations.

The 32 backpacks were provided to our county by the Library of Virginia through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Check Out Nature Backpacks


Backpacks Full of Fun

Take a look at what is inside each backpack:

A photo showing what is inside the nature backpack.


  • A parking pass that allows the library customer to visit any one of 36 Virginia State Parks at no cost
    •  You can also use the backpacks at one of our county parks, always free to our residents
  • Pocket guides: Edible Wild Plants, Medicinal Plants and Weather
  • Tarp and paracord
  • Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card
  • Port-a-bug field observation container
  • Dip net and magnifying lens
  • Learn & Live outdoor skills card
  • Other nifty things like star charts and activity guides


The Fine Print
  • The backpacks are available for a two-week loan period. You can put a hold on them, just like with books.
  • You will be asked to fill out a six question evaluation form, so our Library and the Library of Virginia can evaluate the success of the program.
  • You will need to return all the contents in the backpack, including the Virginia state park pass.
“Today children spend less time outdoors and even less immersed in nature-based activities. These backpacks will provide opportunities for families to venture out to a park.” Virginia State Parks Director Craig Seaver
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