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Nature Backpacks

clipart two people hikingThe Library of Virginia supports informal learning with a collaborative project with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Science Museum.  The project provides nature-themed backpacks designed to help families, Scout groups, home schoolers and other groups explore nature and learn science concepts while visiting a Virginia State Park.  Ideally four backpacks would be placed in a library branch and be checkout for at least two weeks using a Virginia Public Library card.

Backpacks will be evaluated by having the patron complete an evaluation form when the backpack is returned to the Library.

Lost or missing items will be charged to the patron’ s library card.

For more information please contact Enid Costley or 804.692.3765

We are accepting requests for the 2017 Nature Backpacks for libraries who did not participate in 2016.

REQUEST up to 4 nature backpacks per library building.

News release

OCLC Nature Backpack Record
Please use the OCLC record number to catalog the Nature Backpack and Park Passes.  Library staff may also send the record as an .mrc file.

OCLC Survival Nature Backpack Record
Please use the OCLC to catalog the Survival Skills Nature Backpack and Park Pass.  Library staff may also send the record as an .mrc file.


Each backpack will need to be replenished with a ½ page survey form, it should be printed so English is on one side, Spanish on the other. These questionnaires are designed to be brief (6 question) surveys, which can remain anonymous. The information will help us report the success of the program to the funders and program partners. Please collect the surveys and send them to Library of Virginia 800 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 Attention LDND Nature Backpacks. May also be scanned and sent to

We would also appreciate any thoughts, input or suggestions you have on the use and handling of the backpacks. Please feel free to include that information so we can include details on how the process and programming works from the Library’s point of view.

Please let Enid Costley ( know if you have any questions or concerns. She will work with various stakeholders to help make this a program that will support Libraries in reaching and encouraging audiences to explore the world around them!

Frequently Asked Questions

Participating Libraries

Amherst County Public Library – Main (passes )
Arlington Public Library – Central (passes 309-312) and Shrlington (passes 305-308)

Augusta County Library – Main (89-92)
Bedford Public Library System (passes 133-136)
Blue Ridge Regional Library – Bassett (passes 353-356), Collinsville (433-436), and Main (passes 329-332)
Bristol Public Library (passes 285-288)
Buchanan County Public Library (passes 41-44)
Campbell County Public Library – Patrick Henry Memorial Library ( 117-120), Rustburg (125-128), Staunton River Memorial Library (passes 113-116) and Timbrook (121-124)
Caroline Library, Inc – Bowling Green (passes 293-296), Dawn (passes 297-300), Ladysmith (passes 357-360), and Port Royal (passes 389-392)
Chesapeake Public Library – Central Library (passes 189-192) and Indian River Library
Chesterfield County Public Library – Bon Air (261-264), Central (257-260), Chester, Clover Hill (passes 253-256), LaPrade (passes 249-252), Midlothian (passes 245-248), and North Courthouse Road (passes 241-244)
Colonial Heights Public Library (passes 57-60)
Culpeper County Public Library ( passes 317-320)
Cumberland County Public Library (passes 417-420)
Danville Public Library (passes 281-284)
Eastern Shore Public Library – Accomac (passes 393-396), Cape Charles (passes 157-160), Island/Chincoteague (197-200), and Nassawadox (161-164)
Essex Public Library (passes 381-384)
Fluvanna County Library (passes 45-48)
Franklin County Public Library – Main (passes 29-32), and Westlake (passes 277-280)
Gloucester County Public Library (passes 233-236)
Halifax County-South Boston Public Library – Halifax (9-12), South Boston (13-16)
Handley Regional Library – Bowman Library (passes 181-184) Clarke County Library (passes 173-176) and Handley Library (passes 177-180)
Henrico County Public Library – Fairfield (passes 217-220), Libbie Mill (passes 221-224), Twin Hickory (passes 225-228), Tuckahoe (passes 229-232), and Varian Area (passes 333-336)
Highland County Public Library (passes 237-240)
Iris Brammer Public Library (passes 465-468)

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library – Central (passes 445-448), Crozet (passes 405-408), Gordon (passes 377-380), Greene (passes 373-376), Louisa (passes 425-428), Nelson (passes 461-464), Northside (passes 397-400),  Scottsville (passes 1-4)
L.E. Smoot Memorial Library (passes 49-52)
Lonesome Pine Regional Library – Coeburn Community Library (passes 469-472), J Fred Matthews Memorial Library (passes 369-372), Jonnie B. Deel Memorial Library (passes 441-444), Scott County (473-476), and Wise (passes 365-368)
Lynchburg Public Library (passes 17-20)
Madison C
ounty Library (passes 489-492)
Mathews Memorial Library (passes 273-278)
Meharrin Regional Library (passes 5-8)
Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library – Blackburg (passes 137-140), Christiansburg (passes 205-208), and Jessie Peterman Memorial Library (passes 453-454)
Newport News Public Library System – Grissom (passes 109-112), Main Street (passes 65-68), Perl Bailey (passes 145-148) and South Morrison Family Education Center (passes 149-152)
Norfolk Public Library – Larchmont (passes 97-100), Van Wyck (passes 73-76), Little Creek (passes 401-404)
Northumberland Public Library (passes 361-364)
Pamunkey Regional Library – Ashland (passes 529-532), Atlee (passes 525-528), Goochland (passes 521-524), Hanover (passes , King and Queen (passes 517-520), Mechanicsville (passes 513-516), Montpelier (passes 509-512), Rockville (passes 505-508), West Point (501-504),  and Upper King William Branch (passes 497-500)

Petersburg Public Library (passes 105-108)
Pittsylvania County Public Library – Brosville (passes 321-324), Chatham (61-64), Greta (passes 325-328), Mt Hermon (passes 37-40)
Poquoson Public Library (passes 53-56)
Powhatan County Public Library (passes 301-304)
Prince William Public Library System- Bull Run Regional Library (passes 337-340), Chinn Park (passes 33-36), Haymarket Gainesville Community Library (passes 101-104),  Montclair Community Library (passes 289-292), Potomac Library (passes 457-460)
Pulaski County Library System (passes 25-28)
Radford Public Library (passes 193-196)
Richmond County Public Library (passes 265-268)
Richmond Public Library – Broad Rock (passes 437-440), Main (passes 477-480), and West End Branch (passes 93-96)
Roanoke City Public Library – Main (passes 349-352)
Roanoke County Public Library – Hollins (passes 201-204), South County (passes 209-212), and Vinton (passes 345-348)
Rockbridge Regional Library – Goshen (passes 413-416)
Russell County Public Library – Lebanon Library (passes 485-488) and Honaker Community Library (passes 481-484)
Salem Public Library (passes 213-216)
Samuels Public Library (passes 421-424)
Smyth-Bland Regional Library – Saltville (passes 385-388)

Staunton Public Library (passes 429-432)

Suffolk Public Library – Morgan Memorial (passes 77-80), North Suffolk (passes 81-84)
Tazewell County Public Library – Bluefield (69-72) Main (passes 85-88), and Richland (passes 341-344)
Washington County Public Library – Damascus (passes 21-24), and Main Branch (passes 409-412)
Waynesboro Public Library (passes 185-188)
Wythe-Grayson Regional Library – Fries Public Library, Grayson County Public Library, Rural Retreat Public Library (141-144) Whitetop, Wythe (129-321),


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