Thursday, June 09, 2016

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Library of Virginia and the Science Museum of Virginia are partnering to promote summer explorations!

The Richmond Public Library is participating in a new initiative to promote the State Parks of Virginia and to encourage groups of all sizes to get outside and explore!  RPL is just one of the many library systems across Virginia who are participating.

With your valid Richmond Public Library Card you may check out a backpack full of great supplies including a pass for entrance to any State Park in Virginia!  

Inside you will find a net, a magnifying glass, and a bug house for temporary insect observation.  Also included are excellent guides to identify the flora and fauna of Virginia.  The guides include mammals, trees, wildflowers, bugs, and birds. There is also a guide to animal tracks!

Backpacks are available at the Main Library, the Broad Rock Library, the Belmont Library and the Ginter Park Library. Check out with your library card and keep the backpack for two weeks.  

Cardholders are responsible for the contents and there is a replacement cost for missing items. 

You may place a "hold" on a backpack by using the online library catalog. Search for "I love Virginia state parks" and place a hold to be picked up at your closest Richmond Public Library location.

Virginia State Parks are a valuable resource so check one out this summer. Many parks offer camping and cabins, hiking trails, boating and other programs.  For additional information, locations and activities offered, go to Virginia State Parks.  

Whatever you do, explore Virginia outdoors this summer!

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