Bring Nature Into Your Library
Do you have an outdoor space at your library or school that is underutilized? Do you work with groups of youth? If you answered yes to either of these questions, your library can help reconnect Hoosier kids to nature! Here are some ideas to get you started as you help kids learn about our natural world. And if you are a librarian with ideas to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Books to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders!
Ever wonder which books inspired today's conservation leaders when they were young? Together with our friends at the Indiana Children & Nature Network, we compiled a list of children's books that have inspired Indiana conservationists. Click here to find the list
, and promote these books to motivate youngsters to care for our lands!
Nature-Inspired Poetry with Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner
Shari has written two books of beautiful poems, many of which are inspired by nature and places in Indiana. Visit her website Through the Sycamores
and request a reading of her nature-inspired poetry or a writing workshop for your library.
“My Lucky Buckeye
” In her poetry writing workshops, Shari guides children (adults too) through the process of writing a nature poem using prompts, collaborative exercises and discussion of sample poems. Participants find inspiration from her collection of natural objects: geodes, feathers, fossils, buckeyes, snake skins, shells, sweet gum burrs, etc.
“Through the Sycamores
” Shari offers a poetry reading for kids (and adults too) in which she reads her nature poems and talks about the places in Indiana that have inspired her: for instance, Angel Mounds, Clifty Falls, Turkey Run, Lincoln's field, and the creek near her childhood home.
Ideas for a Nature-Themed Week
Reconnecting kids to nature is fun! Libraries can participate by 1) hosting a theme week in which nature and Indiana parks are the focus, 2) using this Children of Indiana Nature Park website to host a “Deeding Day”,
printing a personal deed for each participating child, and 3) incorporating the State Park Centennial Pass Library Check-out Program
to encourage people to visit libraries and parks. Download a flyer
with these ideas to get you started, then add your own ideas to tailor the event to your library! Also, check out this list of fun printable activities
Partner for a Nature-Themed Event
The Bicentennial Nature Center Network and The Indiana Children and Nature Network are resources that can support you as you organize a nature-themed event for your library. Learn more...