Nature Smart Library

The Nature Smart Library initiative provides resources, programming, and access for youth to interact with nature in their neighborhoods.

Four Nature Smart Library locations — Hamline Midway, Riverview, Saint Anthony Park, and Sun Ray —  offer Nature Smart backpacks to check out with books and activities on selected themes such as monarchs, trees, and birds.

These libraries have a garden or outdoor space where families can explore nature and put those nature-themed backpack materials to good use!

Highland Park Library has a Nature Smart Trading Place where you can bring in a natural object, learn more about it, and earn points for trading.


Upcoming Nature Smart Programs

Hamline Midway Library
Riverview Library
Saint Anthony Park Library
Sun Ray Library 

More info on the Nature Smart Library project

In 2013 Sun Ray Library partnered with the Children & Nature Network to bring nature learning opportunities to Sun Ray area families. Sun Ray installed a pollinator prairie garden and an outdoor reading garden. They also began providing a new collection of activities that promote literacy and environmental education through fun, hands-on learning for children, youth, and families. These included Nature Backpacks that can be checked outstorytimes with nature themes.

This partnership between Sun Ray Library and Children & Nature Network was a success and the Saint Paul Public Library is launching the Nature Smart Library project four library locations: Hamline Midway Library, Riverview Library, Saint Anthony Park Library, and Sun Ray Library.

The Nature Smart Library project is a part of the City of Saint Paul's Cities Connecting Children to Nature implementation plan.