Published: 02/15/2022 11:00:58
Modified: 02/15/2022 10:59:04
WINCHENDON – Books aren’t the only things you can check out at Beals Memorial Library. Mount Grace has partnered with the library and created nature adventure backpacks that contain everything you might need for an exciting outdoor experience.
“Hiking backpacks have been an amazing addition to our ‘library of things,'” said Manual King, librarian at Beals Memorial Library. “The ability to consult a backpack like a book allows our patrons to not only enjoy what the library has to offer inside our walls, but also outdoors. The library has eight backpacks , so that the whole family or a large group can discover the pleasure of hiking on one of our many hiking trails in the region.
These bright orange bags contain binoculars, a compass, field guides and interactive worksheets if you’re looking for something to help guide your hike. Hikers can go on a scavenger hunt, record their sightings and more with these reusable sheets.
To celebrate the release of the bags, Mount Grace is hosting a hike on Thursday, February 24 at 1 p.m. for families in the Fern Glenn Conservation Area in Winchendon. The hike will be full of hands-on activities using the gear in the packs, including games and scavenger hunts. “This short hike is perfect for families with kids in grades three and up looking for an activity over February break,” said Amanda Carotenuto, Youth Education Coordinator.
“We hope that through these backpacks we can help increase access and enjoyment of the outdoors. These amazing packs contain all the fun tools you need to safely explore and learn about creatures. and plants you can find while walking in the woods,” said Mount Grace Executive Director Emma Ellsworth. The project was made possible by grants from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation. They are designed to be used by people of all ages and experiences, kids who like to explore, new birders, experienced hikers and everyone in between will find something to use in these bags.
The February 24 hike is open to the public. Registration is required and can be done at mountgrace.org. Please register in advance as this event is limited to five families. Interested in checking out a backpack outside of hiking? If you’re 18 or older, you can now do this at Beals Memorial Library for a week at a time.