Saltville Library Offers State Park Experience for Local Families
The Saltville Library is one of 119 libraries in the state of Virginia that now has available, nature backpacks that patrons can check out to enjoy an educational Virginia State Park experience.
These backpacks are a provided by a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia. Available to check out, the backpacks will help families learn about nature in their backyard, in a local park, or at one of Virginia’s 36 state parks. Branch Supervisor, Kris Sheets says, “The Saltville Library is excited to participate in this program that will help local children learn more about our natural conservation and recreation areas.”
“Today children spend less time outdoors and even less immersed in nature-based activities,” said Virginia State Parks Director Craig Seaver. “These backpacks will provide opportunities for families to venture out to a park.”
Each backpack comes with a parking pass that allows the library customer to visit any Virginia State Park at no cost. Backpacks also feature: pocket guides to bugs and slugs, animal tracks, Virginia birds, mammals, and Virginia trees and wildflowers; a port-a-bug field observation container; a Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card; a magnifying lens; a dip net; and laminated sheets with suggested activities designed by both Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia.
The program was made possible in part by a Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to the Library of Virginia. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grants, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.