Nature Backpacks

posted Aug 4, 2011, 8:20 AM by Erica Hanke-Young   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 1:12 PM by Katie Stotlar ]
Just in time for summer exploring, Marion Carnegie Library has a nature backpack available for checkout in the Children’s Department. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge provided the backpack to encourage kids to go outdoors and explore.


The backpack contains binoculars, bug jar, eye scope, weather window frame, thermometer, compass, activity card, journal, maps of the Refuge and other wildlife areas and Watching Nature Beginner’s Field Guide. The pack is available for a one-week checkout.


Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge’s 44,000 acres of land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Major habitat types on the Refuge include hardwood forest, agricultural land, grazing units, brushland, wetlands and lakes. The Refuge is located five miles west of Marion and five miles south of Herrin on State Route 148. The Refuge Visitor Information Center is open daily year round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Refuge at 618-997-3344 or visit their website at