The Explorer’s Backpack Program

The Explorer’s Backpack is a science program involving elementary age children and their families in hands-on, discovery-oriented learning in the Native Plant Garden of the New Hanover County Arboretum. Each backpack includes a field journal filled with activities for the children to investigate in the garden. These activities are investigations that botanists would do in their everyday work. All the tools needed for the activities are included in the backpacks. Backpacks are available for checkout weekdays between 10am-3pm at the Plant Clinic located inside the Hutaff Building.

There are nine Explorer’s Backpacks: three “Eye Spy” Backpacks; three Bird Backpacks; and three Native Plants Backpacks. Description and contents of each backpack are given below.

  • The “Eye Spy” Explorer’s BackpackChild with magnifying glass
  • The family goes on a scavenger hunt observing living things.
    Tools include:
    Field Journal
    Two Magnifying Glasses
    Two Clipboards
    Colored Pencils
    Pencil Sharpener

 

  • The Bird Explorer’s Backpack
    The family explores a bird’s habitat and observes birds or signs of birds in the garden.
    Tools include:
    Field Journal
    Two Binoculars
    Colored Pencils
    Two Clipboards
    Bird Guide
    Pencil Sharpener

 

  • The Native Plants Explorer’s Backpack
    The family reads a book and discovers parts of a plant in the garden.
    Tools include:
    Field Journal
    Two Magnifying Glasses
    Two Clipboards
    Colored Pencils
    Ruler
    Pencil Sharpener
    Mechanical Pencil
    From Seed to Plant Book