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The Children & Nature Network has launched a groundbreaking project to connect libraries and nature at a demonstration site in Saint Paul, MN.

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Nature Camps with Libraries

Following on a newsletter item from C&NN over the winter, Magical Earth Retreats has set up its first collaborative summer day camps with our local library in Readsboro, Vermont.This program is…Continue

Tags: art, library, nature

Started by Jane May Jones May 18, 2015.

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Comment by Carey Lundin on April 14, 2016 at 12:50pm


I would like to invite you to watch the award winning film, Jens Jensen The Living Green, tonight at the National  Building Museum - 7pm. 

Jensen is one of the nation's great unsung heroes of conservation and also one of the most inspirational. 

I will be there talking about his relevance today.

Here is the teaser:

Hope to see you tonight - or at our other screenings around the Midwest. 

Carey Lundin

Director, Jens Jensen The Living Green

Comment by Julie Moffet on July 28, 2015 at 7:48am

My aunt is in charge of many librairies in the city of Quebec and I would like to tell her about the natural librairies. Is there any document in french ? I also have started to translate bits of information and even drawn a map of what could be done with one of the librairy she manages. I'll keep you posted!

Comment by Carmen Field on January 27, 2015 at 10:40pm

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd share a new and interesting youth-in-nature connection happening at our local library this winter in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Public Library is participating in the National Endowment for the Arts' nationwide "The Big Read" project this year and the featured book for our town is "Fahrenheit 451" (a GREAT read, by the way...I've just finished it, 35 years after I first read it in high school) - visit to learn more. The Big Read Kick-off last Friday was a community bonfire with copies of the book given away, s'more fixings and whittled sticks available, and a local fire truck on hand for tours by little ones and families. It was very well-attended, despite the below zero wind chill factor. Throughout the next 2 months there are all sorts of events and happenings planned. But the one I'm most excited about is a Fahrenheit 451 Nature & Technology Panel & Discussion with the chairperson of Nature Rocks Homer (me), environmental educator from a local non-profit organization who work with youth, and several local teens. If you'd like to see the whole list of events tied to The Big Read in Homer, visit Can't wait to chat about how teens view the importance of being outside and their relationships with technology in our community!

Comment by Margaret Lamar on October 23, 2014 at 2:49pm

Adrienne--I love the idea of moving from "shhhushing" to "engaging"! It's nice to hear this from the library perspective. Thanks for the insights! 

Comment by Adrienne Canino on October 23, 2014 at 1:19pm

I think this  project helps setup a starting point for more at Sun Ray Library, which is very exciting. I believe one of the first steps for a library to begin bringing nature to more patrons is to accept 'getting dirty' the way a library that encourages gardening usually does. Embracing the change from "shhushhing" to "engaging!" is on a lot of librarian's minds in recent years,. Starting with an outdoor space that encourages getting dirty and quite probably loud is a great  step forward.

Comment by Margaret Lamar on October 23, 2014 at 12:39pm

Welcome to the Nature and Libraries Group!

We're excited to hear from you about all of the ways that  libraries that serve as hubs for nature learning and experience. Share your experiences, ideas, projects, and insights here with this new online community! 


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