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5 Books to Help Parents Share the Great Outdoors with their Kids

Tonight, June 22, 2013, is the Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. The purpose of this night is to bring attention to the importance of spending daily, unstructured time outdoors and the positive effects this time has on kids’ health. The National Wildlife Federation encourages families and friends to spend time outdoors with their children in order to help them build a connection to the natural world. Check out their website, linked below, to register for this FREE event and to find other resources on how to share nature with your kids.

Here are five books in the Richland Library collection that can provide ideas on how families can build that connection with nature. Happy Camping!


Amazon Says: Adapted from activities developed by the National Wildlife Federation's environmental education programs, a collection of simple, entertaining projects for families helps th more...
Amazon Says: Adapted from activities developed by the National Wildlife Federation's environmental education programs, a collection of simple, entertaining projects for families helps them learn about plants, animals, trees, and waterways. Original. less...
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Amazon Says: Open the door to exciting and fun learning adventures! Whether pastures or skyscrapers are outside your door, the world around you is rich with learning opportunities. Walki more...
Amazon Says: Open the door to exciting and fun learning adventures! Whether pastures or skyscrapers are outside your door, the world around you is rich with learning opportunities. Walking trips are a terrific—and inexpensive—way for children to explore and experience their community. Use children's interests as starting points to plan walks that are meaningful and engaging, and let children's natural curiosity and wonder help guide their learning as they investigate neighborhood gardens, markets, and even construction sites. With 27 nature, community, and concept walks, Hey Kids! Out the Door, Let's Explore! promotes children's early learning. Included with each walk are vocabulary words and related children's books; a list of suggested items to bring along; and tips to extend children's learning before, during, and after the outing. You will also find planning and preparation materials, sample permission forms, and guidelines for carrying out safe and educational walking trips. less...
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Introducing Your Kids to the Outdoors by Christopher Van Tilburg MD
Amazon Says: Hiking, trekking, camping, climbing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, whitewater rafting, and mountaineering with children of all ages50 family adventure trips--close-t more...
Amazon Says: Hiking, trekking, camping, climbing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, whitewater rafting, and mountaineering with children of all ages50 family adventure trips--close-to-home, budget-wise, and national parksHow to plan, pack, and organize trips, especially tricky with infants and toddlers and extended, mixed, or blended familiesA helpful guide for parents who want to keep traveling, remain active in the outdoors, and get their kids interested in nature and the environment. Blends interactive parenting and coaching skills with outdoor sports, adventure, and travel. Taking children on camping trips or rafting trips can be a challenge, but by balancing safety and adventure, independence for older children, and family participation, everyone can have fun. A section on safety includes basic first aid and what to put in emergency kits. less...
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Amazon Says: Plan your family camping adventure! Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran backpacker befuddled by the challenges of carting a brood—and all the requisite gear more...
Amazon Says: Plan your family camping adventure! Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran backpacker befuddled by the challenges of carting a brood—and all the requisite gear—into the great outdoors, here you’ll find all the tips and tools you need to plan the perfect nature adventure with your family. Humorous and irreverent, yet always authoritative, this guide to camping with kids, from babies through pre-teens, is filled with checklists, smart tips, recipes, games, activities, and art projects. Helen Olsson, a seasoned camper and mother of three, shares lessons learned over the years of nature outings with her own family. Learn the basics of family camping, from choosing a destination and packing gear to setting up a campsite and keeping little ones safe. Create the perfect camp menu with simple and tasty recipe ideas. Discover foolproof tips and tactics for keeping kids happy and entertained while hiking. Explore nature through clever and creative camp arts and craft projects. This guide is your game plan to unplugging from the digital world and connecting your kids to nature. Whether it’s roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire or stretching out on a camp mat to gaze at the stars, the memories you’ll be making will last a lifetime. less...
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Amazon Says: Introducing children to the excitement of the natural world, this guide to outdoor adventure provides hours of creative, safe, and fun activities. Children will learn how to b more...
Amazon Says: Introducing children to the excitement of the natural world, this guide to outdoor adventure provides hours of creative, safe, and fun activities. Children will learn how to build a den from branches, make twig boats to sail across a pond, and voyage through the backyard to find tiny insects and creatures. Activities include invigorating games, natural crafts, and lively adventures, all of which are organized by season. An additional chapter also addresses safe activities for children after dark. Perfect for families, caretakers, and educators, this creative resource encourages children to turn off the television and play outside all year round. less...
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