Outdoor Exploration Backpacks Program

Go outside and get birding! Early Birders Outdoor Exploration Backpacks are now available to check out from all branches of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library System (MFRL). This program serves as an environmental education resource for families tailored to meet standards of learning for grades 4-7. Backpacks include binoculars, bird guides and activities.

Ready to get started? Begin by watching this video (also available in the backpack on a flash drive) about birding and birds, tips on how to ID birds, and a little practice using binoculars.

Outdoor Exploration Backpack Checkout Policy: 

  • Kits can be checked out for two weeks.
  • Contents of kit will be verified by patron and library staff upon checkout and check-in at the circulation desk. Please let your attendant know if you needed to use any items in the first aid kit so that we can replace them for the next person.
  • An adult must be present for a juvenile checkout.
  • Replacement charges will be applied to the patron’s account for any damaged or missing items.

Other Backpack Resources:

Backpack Inventory and safety information
BirdSleuth Explorer Guidebook for Teachers and Families
Additional Bird Education Resources

Coming Soon – Stream Exploration Backpacks

This spring, we’ll be adding Stream Exploration Backpacks to the library. These backpacks will contain lessons about local watersheds, storm water management practices, and the equipment and instructions needed to perform benthic macroinvertebrate or “stream bug” sampling in local streams. Backpacks will include flash drives that provide tutorials, lessons and guides to local parks.

This program is supported by the 2020 Virginia Wildlife Grant Program through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia. The Town of Blacksburg is funding 4 of the Stream Exploration Backpacks.