Tracks and Signs book and other guides are included in the Backpack

Making outdoor learning fun and easy

With so many challenges facing families these days, getting outside for fun and learning shouldn’t be one of them. The custom-designed Tug Hill Explorer Backpacks make it easier for kids, teachers, mentors, and parents alike to head outside for adventure.

The initial backpack concept and content design were created with generous support from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund, and community supporters last year.

There are currently two versions: one focusing on birds and another on animal tracking. Each backpack contains books, tools (like binoculars and magnifiers), and activities. A list of suggested locations open to the public for adventures is also included.

To date, eight libraries in the Tug Hill region have received backpacks for community use to borrow and return: Carthage, Lowville, Parish, Poland, Remsen, Turin, Westernville, and Williamstown.

They’re a big hit!

Now we’re working to provide additional backpacks to more libraries in the region. Want to help? Contact Lin Gibbs, Community Programs Manager. Donations toward the backpack program
will make more backpacks available in more places.