This project began as a part of the City of Saint Paul's Cities Connecting Children to Nature implementation plan.
In 2013 Sun Ray Library partnered with the Children & Nature Network to bring nature learning opportunities to Sun Ray area families. Sun Ray Library 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. The goal was to offer nature experiences to families who don't normally have opportunities to explore nature.
Learn about efforts across the city to promote equitable access to nature through Explore Outdoors Saint Paul. Read the Explore Outdoors 2020 Impact Report, opens a new window.
Nature Smart locations offer Nature Backpacks that can be checked out.
Each backpack focuses on a theme, such as Birds, Weather, Winter Fun, and more.
Check one out and begin exploring the great outdoors!