More resources for outdoor exploration are in kids’ hands this year, with families spending more quality time together in the outdoors. So far, seven libraries throughout the region each have two Tug Hill Explorer Backpacks. The backpacks are available for anyone to borrow and return.
One backpack focuses on birds, and the other focuses on animal signs and tracking. Tug Hill Explorer Backpacks contain books, tools, activities, and equipment that will enrich any outdoor experience, with a list of suggested locations open to the public for adventures beyond the backyard.
As Tug Hill Explorer Backpacks are not eligible for interlibrary loan the plan is to work with donors and foundations to secure additional funding to supply the explorer backpacks to more local libraries and expand the offerings to include insects and pond/stream life.
Initial funding has been provided by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund, and community supporters like you.