All locations of the Harford County Public Library will be closed Monday, November 11 in observation of Veterans Day.
Sign in to my account Stay Connected! Sign up for the email newsletter

Nature Backpack Kits

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.

Please observe rules posted at each local hiking location. The adage “take only pictures, leave only footprints” is important to model to our families.

Protect wildlife by observing only. Never feed wildlife and keep pets under control. Be wary of wildlife during sensitive times such as mating, nesting, and raising young.

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:

  • Available at all branches and are requestable
  • May be checked out on an adult or juvenile card
  • 1 backpack per card
  • Loan period is 14 days
  • Late fee is $2.00 per day

Reserve a Nature Backpack today

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

Maryland Deptment of Natural Resources

Find state parks, park activities and amenities. http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/default.aspx



Access DNR App 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.


Additional Resources:

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
http://www.otterpointcreek.org/

The Harford Bird Club
A chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
https://harfordbirdclub.org/

Susquehannock Wildlife Society
http://www.susquehannockwildlife.org/