Colorful and Engaging Guide Encourages Children to Become Nature Explorers Filled with Great Outdoor Activities for Kids and Families!
As summer approaches, parents and educators will be seeking ways to help children enjoy the outdoors and keep learning even when schools are closed. The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature, written by the expert education staff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), is a wonderful resource to help children view their world through the eyes of a naturalist. The book, created for 8- to 12-year-olds, with illustrations and activities that appeal to even younger kids, will enrich children’s experience of nature and provide an opportunity to learn more about the environment and the importance of preserving it.
The book was recently awarded the 2015 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Hands-on Science Book category. On Earth Day, April 22, 2015, The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature was also named a Green Earth Honor Book by the Nature Generation. These plaudits are only the most recent in a string of recognitions for the book.
Part of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides for a Greener Planet series, The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature is packed with lush, scientifically accurate illustrations and fascinating facts that will inspire young readers to look closely at the world around them. This innovative guide encourages children to follow their innate curiosity as they delve into hands-on activities and learn how to observe environments as a naturalist does. Twenty-four beautifully illustrated guided adventures examine the complex ecosystems of plants and animals in the woods, at the beach, in the city, and more. Detailed, scientifically based illustrations show how to identify hundreds of North American plants, animals, and fungi. Dozens of fun projects teach young readers how to keep a journal, conduct field experiments, and explore nature with all their senses.
The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature was created by BBG’s expert education staff and explores ecological concepts with thought-provoking, fun activities for every season. Whether readers have access to a large wooded area or a tree-lined city block, The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature invites them to explore and care deeply about the world around them.
“It’s so fun to see this book in the hands of children,” says Ashley Gamell, manager of BBG’s Discovery Garden and Family Programs and one of the book’s contributors. “Kids of all ages are drawn right in to the colorful, detailed pictures and relatable stories.”
For more than 100 years, youth education programs at BBG have inspired kids to learn about plants and become lifelong advocates for the environment. Today, the Garden serves more than 150,000 children every year through classes, drop-in activities, interpretive displays and guides, and a range of formal education programs that complement STEM curriculum standards in schools.
On June 6, 2015, BBG celebrated the next chapter of its children’s nature programming with the opening of its new Discovery Garden, a one-acre space for children to explore plants and ecosystems through hands-on play and scientific investigations. The naturalistic, immersive design by award-winning landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) models habitats found in the greater New York area—woodland, meadow, and marsh—interlaced with meandering paths and boardwalks that allow visitors to slow down and observe nature. The Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard and a colorful four-season entrance garden display horticultural plantings and offer opportunities to dig in the soil and garden.
The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature by the Children’s Education Staff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden $16.95 | hardcover, full color throughout
Available online and in North American bookstores and garden shops. bbg.org/handbooks
Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 14,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 800,000 visitors annually.
Learn what’s happening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden at bbg.org/visit/calendar, read the Garden’s blog at bbg.org/news, and find out what’s in bloom at bbg.org/bloom. Visitor entrances are at 990 Washington Avenue, 150 Eastern Parkway, and 455 Flatbush Avenue. For hours, directions, and admission information, please visit bbg.org/visit. Follow BBG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag #brooklynbotanic.