March 17, 2010

Putting Together Our Nature Backpacks

5522_18040692711 We love being outdoors.  We have many of your typical outdoor gear items, and we have invested in some others this year.  Since the amount of our gear is growing, I thought it was definitely time to put together our nature backpacks, so we could grab them at a moments notice, instead of running around collecting everything first.

Here are the things we are including:
  • binoculars
  • compass
  • flashlights
  • insect repellant
  • magnifying glasses
  • various containers to hold anything from cool rocks, dead bugs and seeds, to water samples and any other treasure we come upon.
  • small first aid kit
  • our new addition - a GPS for geocaching
  • a portable microscope
  • Some rope/twine
  • sunscreen
  • small shovels & rakes
  • small fire starting kit (in case we want to cook on the camp grill for lunch or something)
  • camera & batteries
  • nature notebooks and pencils to record our findings
  • grabber stick
  • guidebooks (birds,trees,flowers,etc)
Of course we will also add bottled water and snacks when we head out.  If we take our dogs with us, we will also have water and a bowl for them.

I was asked if I take this with me all the time.  The answer is yes and no.  Yes - We just throw the backpack in the back of the car when we head for the great outdoors.  We might carry it when we are hiking or geocaching, or planning an indepth nature investigation, but (here's the No part) more often we will pull out the binoculars, or magnifying glass or other piece of gear and leave the rest in the car.  The nice thing about having a nature backpack is that it has all the stuff you might need all in one place, and  you can choose when you get to your destination what you would like to use.

I am wanting to purchase a underwater viewer for our backpack, but haven’t located one yet.  If you know where I can find one, share the info in the comments.  Thanks ☺


  1. Do you actually carry all of that with you everytime?

  2. Ticia, no - we don't carry it with us every time, but if we are going geocaching and nature exploring, we do.

    Sometimes, we take things out that we aren't going to need and leave them in the car when we head out on the trail. If the backpack is in the car, we have access to it, which is why we like being able to grab it and go. It has everything we might need. Somedays we may just grab the binoculars out of it, leaving the rest behind in the car.

  3. Hi,
    What a great idea, having everything ready to go!

    I don't know exactly what you are looking for in an underwater viewer, but you can make one yourself. I made one a couple of years ago out of an orange juice carton (you could use any sturdy container). Cut off both ends, stretch plastic wrap over one end and secure with duct tape. Put the plastic wrap end into the water and view through the other end.

    If nothing else, you could make one of these while you search for a fancier one.

    Thanks for the great ideas for the backpack.

  4. This is such a great idea. I can't wait to put our own nature backpack together. Thanks for the idea.


    PS Found you through Latter-day Home School. Thanks for being part of that incredible site as well! :)

  5. Here is a site to make another kind of underwater viewer...very easy!

  6. We attended a nature class yesterday and a local state park and the ranger taught the kids how they are suppose to use nets and catch/release there bugs and we loved it. So great that I discovered your blog this morning:) I am planning to follow some of your ideas and want to go ahead and get to work on this nature backpack for the kids. I'm so excited!


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