Nature Backpack Kits
The Nature Backpack Collection enables you and your family to explore, enjoy, and educate yourselves while hiking locally. The tools, guides and activities found in the backpacks will enable meaningful and memorable interactive opportunities for you and your family.
Using Your Nature Backpack: Being a Naturalist
Good Naturalists Respect Nature:
We encourage the ethical observation of nature, plants and wildlife while hiking. Please avoid collecting or removing life from its natural habitat.
The Nature Backpack includes the following:
1 binoculars; 1 large compass; 1 magnifying glass; 1 flash light; 1 observation container; 1 animal scat and track scarf; 7 folded nature identification guides; 6 laminated activity cards*; 1 grease pencil and 1 spiral journal to record observations.
Nature Backpack circulation parameters:
Great Places to Hike in Harford County
Diverse hiking experiences exist in Harford County! Whether exploring the Piedmont Plateau in the northern region or the tidal marshes in the southern region, the Nature Backpacks contain tools and activities that help engage your family with the great outdoors!
Explore these parks and nature centers: http://harfordcountymd.gov/225/Parks-Recreation
Maryland State park information
Find state parks, park activities and amenities. http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/default.aspx
Download AccessDNR-the official app from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources! The app, available for Android or iPhone, includes maps and directions to Maryland state parks and trails and much more.
Books for Children
Books for Adults to Share with Children
Resources from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Birding in Maryland: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/birdingmd.aspx
Guide to Common Mammal Tracks in Maryland: https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Key-Common-Mammal-Tracks.pdf
Leaf Key to Common Trees in Maryland: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/EB-238_Leaf_Key_to_Common_Trees_in_MD.pdf
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Education Resources: http://dnr.maryland.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Education/home.aspx
Maryland’s Wildlife Species: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/mdwllists.aspx
We thank the following local organizations who contributed Activities to the backpacks:*
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The Harford Bird Club
Susquehannock Wildlife Society