Nature Backpacks

Nature BackpacksCheck out a Nature Backpack from the library!

The Nature Backpacks program allows Virginians to check out from a public library one of 540 Nature Backpacks that includes a free state park pass. The backpack contains information and materials to make the trip to one of the 36 state parks an enjoyable as well as a learning experience. “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.”


Backpack Contents

  • Parking Pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia State Parks
  • Pocket Naturalist Bugs and Slugs Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Animal Tracks Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Virginia Birds Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Mammals Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Virginia Trees & Wildflowers Guide
  • Port-A-Bug Field Observation Container
  • Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card
  • Magnifying Lens
  • Dip Net
  • Activities

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IMLS  Virginia State Parks logo

How to get the most out of your visit to a Virginia State Park:

  1. Find a Virginia State Park near you:
  2. Search by what you want to do at the park:
  3. Find a guided or self-guided program or special event:
  4. Learn about geocaching:
  5. Rent a campsite or cabin by calling 800-933-7275.

Mathews County Interests

Gorgeous Area Beaches
Chesapeake Bay
New Point Comfort Lighthouse
Kayaking and Boating
Wildlife Trails

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