Nature Smart Backpacks

Adventure Backpack 

One cloth bag with:

  • 20 magnifying glasses
  • 6 toy compasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • 6 tape measures
  • Nature Circles

Books:

  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • 15 Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen
  • Wildflowers of Minnesota by Stan Tekiela
  • Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest by Kaufman
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles by Watson
  • Lost in the Woods by Carl Sam
  • Play The Forest School Way: Woodland Games and Crafts for Adventurous Kids by Jane Worroll 
  • How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

Foldout Field Guides (laminated brochures)

  • Minnesota Birds
  • Minnesota Trees & Wildflowers
  • Minnesota Wildlife
  • Minnesota Butterflies & Moths
  • Animal Tracks
  • Bugs and Slugs

Miscellaneous supplies

  • Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit
  • 1 pair of binoculars
  • 1 handled bug catcher
  • 1 plastic measuring cup (1000 ml)
  • 1 REI first aid kit

Camping Out (7 - 11 years old)

One cloth bag with:

  • 1 magnifying glasses
  • 1 toy compass
  • 1 bug magnifier
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 Nature Circles
  • 2 head lamps

Books

  • Best Tent Camping Minnesota by Watson
  • The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids by Olsson
  • Campout! The Ultimate Kids' Guide by Brunelle
  • The truth about nature : a family's guide to 144 common myths about the great outdoors / Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer ; illustrations by Rachel Riordan.
  • A camping spree with Mr. Magee / by Chris Van Dusen. Publication Data San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2003.
  • Camping: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Camping Trip by Beth McRoberts

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Camping 101
  • Knots
  • The Night Sky

Clouds and Weather (7 - 11 years old)

One cloth bag with:

  • 1 magnifying glass
  • 1 toy compasses
  • 1 bug magnifier
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 Nature Circles

Books

  • Peterson First Guide to Clouds and Weather by Day and Schaefer
  • Nature's Day: Discover the World of Wonder on Your Doorstep by Kay Maguire
  • National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away by Kathy Furgang
  • The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting (Williamson Kids Can! Series)
  • Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Kids' Book of Clouds & Sky by Frank Staub

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Weather: A Folding Pocket Guide to Clouds, Storms and Weather Patterns

Miscellaneous supplies     

  • Cloud Detective (5/package)

Frogs (7 - 11 years old)

One cloth bag with:

  • 1 magnifying glass
  • 1 toy compasses
  • 1 bug magnifier
  • 1 critter cage
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 Nature Circles

Books

  • See-Thru Frogs by Sherry Gerstein
  • Reptiles & Amphibians Field Guide by Tekiela
  • Citizen scientists : be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard / Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz
  • Frogs and Toads in Your Pocket: A Guide to Amphibians of the Upper Midwest by Terry VanDeWalle
  • Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury: 4 Complete Stories in 1 Volume by Arnold Lobel

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 5 piece model of the life cycle of a frog (in a plastic container)

Insects, Bugs and Spiders (2 - 6 years old) 

One cloth bag with:

  • 1 magnifying glasses
  • 1 toy compasses
  • 1 bug magnifier
  • 1 critter cage
  • 1 long-handled bug collector
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 Nature Circles

Books

  • Minnesota Bug Hunt by Giebink
  • Bug life / text by Lynette Evans ; illustrations by Francesca D'Ottavi, Wilkinson Studios. 2013 (nonfiction) New York : Holiday House, 2004.  
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar/La oruga muy hambrienta (World of Eric Carle) (Spanish Edition) Bilingual Hardcover – May 12, 2011
  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs / Catherine G Hughes
  • National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide / Nancy Honovich

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Bugs & Slugs (1 copies)

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 4-piece model of the lifecycle of a lady bug (in a plastic container)
  • 1 praying mantis puppet

Nature Crafts (2 - 6 years old)

One cloth bag with:

  • 5 magnifying glasses
  • 2 toy compasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • 1 tape measure
  • Nature Circles

Plastic Carrying Case with:

  • 2 pair scissors
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 2 erasers
  • green zipper case with 50 colored pencils
  • 1 bendable ruler
  • 4 pencils

Books

  • Nature Crafts by Williams
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt: 2005). Watch how the leaf man blows away and transforms again and again on his long foliage flight. A perfect way to launch a leaf-picture activity. Ages 2-6.
  • Celebrate nature! : activities for every season / Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh. St. Paul, MN : Redleaf Press, 2011.
  • Look What I Did with a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi (Walker: 1995). Learn how to make fanciful animals out of leaves. Ages 4-8.

Pollinators (2 - 6 years old)

One bag with:

  • 1 magnifying glass
  • 1 bug magnifier
  • 1 critter cage 

Books

  • The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller
  • What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Slade
  • Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh
  • National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • National Geographic Bees by Laura Marsh

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Bees and Other Pollinators
  • Minnesota Trees and Wildflowers

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 4-piece model of the lifecycle of a butterfly (in a plastic container)
  • One mini bat puppet

 Reptiles (2 - 6 years old) 

One cloth bag with:

  • 5 magnifying glasses
  • 2 toy compasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • 1 tape measure
  • Nature Circles

Books

  • Reptiles & Amphibians Field Guide by Tekiela
  • Hide and Snake by Keith Baker (HMH: 1999). Readers try to spot Snake as he slithers through various backdrops. Ages 2-6.
  • Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell (Greenwillow Books: 2008). Playful counting book with realistic turtles and other common pond wildlife. Includes some nature crafts ideas, too. Ages 2-6.
  • Box Turtle at Long Pond / William T. George ; pictures by Lindsay Barrett George New York : Greenwillow Books, c1989.

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Snakes and Lizards in Your Pocket

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 REI first aid kit

 Trees (7 - 11 years old)

One plastic bag with:

  • 5 magnifying glasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • Nature Circles

Books

  • Trees of Minnesota Field Guide by Tekiela
  • The Stick Book by Schofield and Danks
  • Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest by Anna Branford. (Atheneum: 2014). Violet and her best friend love celebrating the small wonders discovered underneath an oak in the park. When the tree is slated to be cut down, they organize an appropriately small protest. Ages 6-10.
  • Celebritrees : historic & famous trees of the world / Margi Preus ; illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon. Publication Data New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010.
  • One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin (Amulet Books: 2011). An orange tree is the center of neighborhood life on a diverse city block in California for three girls and their neighbors. Ages 8-12.

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Minnesota Trees & Wildflowers
  • Sibley's Common Trees in the Cities & Towns...

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 REI first aid kit

Urban Animals of the Day (2 - 6 years old)                                                                                  

One cloth bag with:

  • 1 magnifying glasses
  • 1 toy compasses
  • 1 bug magnifier
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 Nature Circle

Books

  • Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide by Tekiela
  • Animal Tracks Midwest Quick Guide by Poppele
  • Hungry Coyote / Cheryl Blackford ; illustrations by Laurie Caple.
  • The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book / Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer
  • A Nature Walk in the City (Nature Walks) July 1, 2014 by Louise Spilsbury (Author), Richard Spilsbury (Author)

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Minnesota Trees & Wildflowers
  • Minnesota Wildlife field guide
  • Sibley's Common Trees in the Cities & Towns...

Urban Animals of the Night (2 - 6 years old) 

One cloth bag with:

  • 5 magnifying glasses
  • 2 toy compasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • 1 tape measure
  • Nature Circles
  • 4 head lamps

Books

  • Animal Tracks Midwest Quick Guide by Poppele
  • A Guide to Night Sounds (book and CD) by Elliott
  • Nocturnal Animals by Hicks
  • Flashlight by Lizi Boyd (Chronicle: 2014). A wordless story illustrates the fun of illuminating the creatures of the night. Ages 2-6.
  • Whoo goes there? by Jennifer A. Ericsson

Fold Out Field Guides

  • Minnesota Trees & Wildflowers
  • Sibley's Common Trees in the Cities & Towns...
  • The Night Sky
  • Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide
  • Animal Tracks Midwest Quick Guide

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 REI first aid kit

Urban Birds (7 - 11 years old)

One cloth bag with:

  • 5 magnifying glasses
  • 2 toy compasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • 1 tape measure
  • Nature Circles

Books

  • Guide (book and CD) by
  • Birds of the Midwest by Tekiela
  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay (Albert Whitman & Co.: 2014). One in a series of adventures for Lulu, the animal lover. This time, her interest in the ducks on a city pond turns into concern after local dogs disturb the ducks’ nests. Ages 7-10. (African-American)
  • Russo, Monica. Birdology : 30 activities and observations for exploring the world of birds / Monica Russo ; photographs by Kevin Byron.
  • Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World Paperback – January 27, 2015 by Julia Rothman (Author)
  • Birdology by Monica Russo
  • Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Fold Out Field Guides

  • 3 copies of Minnesota Birds
  • Minnesota Birds Field Guide

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 5-piece model of the lifecycle of a frog (in a plastic container)
  • 1 REI first aid kit

Winter Fun (2 - 6 years old)

One cloth bag with:

  • 5 magnifying glasses
  • 2 toy compasses
  • 1 small magnifying bug box
  • 1 tape measure
  • Nature Circles

Books

  • Animal Tracks Midwest Quick Guide by Poppele
  • Snow Play by Ralston
  • Oh! by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books: 1999). Squirrels, rabbits, birds, and kids experience the fun of a fresh new snowfall. Ages 2-5.
  • Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee (Square Fish: 2007). A young girl follows mysterious tracks through the snow. Ages 2-6. (Asian-American)
  • Winter’s Coming by Jan Thornhill (Owl Kids: 2014). Wonderful illustrations accompany the story of a young snowshoe hare figuring out just what this winter business is all about. Ages 3-6.

Miscellaneous supplies

  • 1 REI first aid kit
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