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Family Science Backpacks

There are five Family Science Backpacks with different themes, they’re packed with supplies, activities, and tools for you to explore the world in your backyard, a local park, the forest, the seashore, and even inside your house. Learn how to be a citizen scientist as you identify birds and mammal tracks, and experience how easy it is to get your children interested in science and nature! Available to borrow for one week, see the staff at the Children’s Desk in the main library or our Riverton Branch for more information!

Birding

Contents include: binoculars, bird call, bird call identification CD, clipboard case, magnifying glass. Available at the Children’s Desk in the main library.

Related items to borrow

Citizen science opportunities:

Celebrate Urban Birds, NestWatch, YardMap, Great Backyard Bird Count

Web resources:

Maine Audubon

Purple backpack on the grass with the following contents surrounding it: butterfly net, binoculars, magnifying glass, two way bug viewer, insect habitat, clipboard case.

Our Bugs & Butterflies Backpack contains a butterfly net, binoculars, magnifying glass, two way bug viewer, insect habitat, clipboard case.

Bugs & Butterflies

Contents include: butterfly net, binoculars, magnifying glass, two way bug viewer, insect habitat, clipboard case. Available at the Children’s Desk in the main library and our Riverton Location.

Related items to borrow

Citizen science opportunities:

Monarch MapMaine Forest ServiceMaine Invasive Species Network

 

Hiking (trees, wildflowers & invasive species identification)

Contents include: Compass, magnifying glass, binoculars, plant press, head lamp, maps (Peaks Island & Maine’s Southern Coast), clipboard case. Available at the Children’s Desk in the main library and our Riverton Location.

Related items to borrow

Citizen science opportunities:

Vital Signs Maine

Web resources:

Maine invasive species fact sheets, Maine Invasive Species Network, Portland Trails

Rock Hounding

Contents include: Sand shovel, gold panning bowl and tweezers, flashlight, goggles, safety glasses & case, children’s rock hammer, archaeology trowel, zip lock baggies (to collect specimens), Golden Guide: Rocks, Gems, Minerals, specimen box, scale of hardness, magnifying glass, clipboard case. Available at the Children’s Desk in the main library and our Riverton Location.

Related items to borrow

Web resources:

Maine Geology

Star Gazing

Contents include: Binoculars, red beam flashlight, folding star chart, moon map, space blanket, magnifying glass, clipboard case. Available at the Children’s Desk at the Main Branch.

Related items to borrow

Citizen science opportunities:

Help map moon craters

Globe at night (light pollution tracking) 

Solar storm watch

Web resources:

Night sky map

Online Planetarium

Water Wonder

Contents include:Aquascope, magnifying glass, pail & shovel, zip lock baggies (to collect specimens), aquatic dip net, binoculars, clipboard case. Available at the Children’s Desk in the main library.

Related items to borrow

Citizen science opportunities:

Citizen stewards water quality monitoring program, Southern Maine Volunteer Beach Monitors

Web resources:

Tide Chart, Maine Department of Marine Resources