Camas Public Library Launches Nature-Smart Collection & Events

Nature Smart

Camas, WA – The Camas Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of its Nature-Smart Library. The initiative combines an innovative collection with programming, which together aim to bridge the gap between library enrichment and the great outdoors, offering patrons unique opportunities to explore, learn, and connect with nature.

With the Nature-Smart Library, patrons may check out games intended for outdoor play, along with Discover Passes to state parks, and themed nature kits intended for children and families to explore the outdoors.

The Nature-Smart Library is a testament to Camas Library’s commitment to environmental education.

“Local community engagement efforts have shown how important nature, green spaces, and the environment are to our community,” said Connie Urquhart, Library Director. “In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to foster a connection to nature. Through this initiative, we aim to empower individuals of all ages to explore the wonders of the outdoors and discover the wealth of knowledge it has to offer.”

The Library chose to focus on the Nature-Smart Library this year as part of their current strategic plan, wherein one of its key initiatives is collaborating with organizations that focus on the natural world. Many local organizations are partnering with the Library to help bring this organization to life, with primary financial support from a Camas-Washougal Community Chest grant.

The Nature-Smart Library includes a collection of items to check out, and programs to enjoy.

Items to Check Out

Discover Pass Packs: Each backpack contains a Discover Pass, Washington State Birds pocket guide, Washington State Trees & Wildflowers pocket guide, two Washington State Parks maps, and a pair of binoculars.

Nature Kits: Each kit is equipped with tools and resources for outdoor exploration and discovery. Themes include bees, birds, bugs, flowers, general outdoors, hiking, insects, night, rocks, and trees.

Outdoor Games: Bocce ball, badminton, cornhole, croquet, disc golf, giant Jenga, ladder toss, lawn dominoes, pickleball, and yard dice.

Nature-Smart Events

Birdwatching for Beginners, Forest Bathing, Introduction to Pacific Northwest Ecology, Nature Walks, Outdoor iPhone Photography, Storytime in the Park, and Storywalk. Please check the Library’s online events calendar for details, including event location.

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