Memorial Hall Library

Getting Kids Outdoors

Resources for Outdoor Adventures

Scheduled hikes/events/activities

Letterboxing is a “treasure hunt” outdoor activity, using clues and ink stamps. You can learn more at www.letterboxing.org, which has info on getting started and a kids’ section.

For Bird Lovers

  • The free phone app Merlin, produced by the Cornell Ornithology Lab, offers an easy way to identify birds with your kids. Just notice the bird’s location, size, and feather colors, and Merlin instantly gives 5 likely matches for your bird, plus recorded calls and bird songs.
  • Audubon sponsors The Great Backyard Bird Count for birdwatchers of all experience levels and ages - http://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count
  • Project FeederWatch lets kids and adults record data as they watch birds in their backyards or schoolyards. Their observations help scientists track movements and trends in bird populations. https://feederwatch.org

Books

  • The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie - an invaluable outdoor workbook for kids, families and classrooms
  • Fun with Nature and More Fun With Nature are both take-along nature guides with multiple authors and great illustrations
  • The Frightened Frog - an early reader book written to educate elementary children about the environmental issues affecting amphibians; National Garden Club, Inc.
  • The Saved Seed - Follow the journey as a seed from a Halloween pumpkin becomes a seedling, a vine and then a new pumpkin! Through beautiful illustrations, children learn how to save pumpkin seeds and become successful pumpkin gardeners; National Garden Club, Inc.
  • The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2015.  This award-winning book inspires kids to explore their world the way a naturalist does, whether in a city park, at a lake, a beach or forest.

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