Nature Trail Discovery Backpacks

What better way to enhance your visit at the Garden by checking out one of our themed backpacks! All backpacks will include: magnifying glasses, a scavenger hunt, and insect jars. However, additional items geared toward the theme will be in the backpacks like binoculars, tree measuring tools, field guides, etc.

There is no fee for checking out a backpack!

Backpacks are limited to two per family (must check out different themes)

*Please release any insects captured before returning backpack*

Backpack Themes

Little Naturalists
Geared for ages 6 and under

Use a magnifying glass to explore the overlooked wonders in the Garden by looking for insects and other treasures in nature! Observe insects and birds with the items in the pack and see how many items you can find on our nature-themed Garden Scavenger Hunt!

Trees and Flowers 
Geared for ages 7+

Curious about the native trees and wildflowers in the Garden? We have many species, both native and non-native. Investigate them and learn how to tell the difference with the provided tools. Learn to be a Junior Garden Expert and how to measure the tallest trees.

Bird Watchers 
Geared for ages 7+

Learn all about the science of ornithology! Search for birds in the Garden with this backpack by using the provided binoculars. Identify our feathered friends using the guides and learn bird calls.

Insect Investigators
Geared for ages 7+

Learn about the different butterflies and dragonflies that fly around the Garden! This backpack contains extensive ID guides as well as reference materials that cover everything you want to know about insects.

Check Out Procedure

How to check out backpacks:

  1. Let visitor services know which backpack you would like to check out.

  2. All backpacks must be signed out on the provided sheet.

  3. All visitors that check out backpacks are required to leave a valid driver’s license that will be given back upon the return/check of the backpacks.

  4. Backpacks must be checked out by an adult. (ages 18+)

  5. Backpacks will not be available to check out during events.

How to return backpacks:

  1. All backpacks must be returned 30 mins before Garden closes.

  2. Upon return, backpacks will be checked to make sure all items are accounted for.

  3. Once the backpack is checked, your ID card will be returned to you.

  4. Persons will be financially responsible for items that are broken or lost. Please treat equipment with care.

Happy Exploring!

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