Nature Smart Library


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

Nature Smart Library locations offer Nature Backpacks that can be checked out. Each backpack focuses on a theme, such as Birds, Weather, Winter Fun, and more.


Check out one of these kid-friendly Nature Smart backpacks and begin exploring the great outdoors!

What's in the backpack?


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FREE entry to Minnesota State Parks!

Check out seven days of free access to any Minnesota state park. Offered at Arlington Hills, Rice Street, Riverview, Rondo, and Sun Ray

The Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities

Libraries are perfect, if unexpected, institutions to connect people to nature.

Urban Birds: Stories & Facts

Learn about the birds living among us in the city. Here are some books for all ages to enjoy.

What is Climate Change?

Books about climate change for kids.

I <3 Earth Picture Books

Picture books that support the Earth and environmentally friendly practices.

Bat House at Riverview Library

We are crossing our fingers that we have some bats set up their summer home at Riverview Library's new Bat House this year.

Get Growing!

Books for all your gardening needs

SPPL/Bell Museum STEAM Storytime series…

Check out these great storytime titles about scientists and the scientific process.

Check out Nature Smart backpacks

Check out Nature Smart backpacks from Hamline Midway, Highland Park, Merriam Park, Riverview, St Anthony Park, and Sun Ray Libraries.
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