Win everything your young explorer needs to discover the joys of nature

It’s starting to warm up outside — time to venture out and explore the great outdoors! Nature is everywhere — from the first spring crocus blooming at the edge of a field to the earthworms crawling on the sidewalk after a heavy rain. And, with the release of Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail, we now have the perfect guide to introduce kids ages 4 and up to the wonders of the natural world all around them, whether in a city park, on a nature preserve, or in a suburban backyard.

The book includes a nifty magnifying glass embedded right on the front cover, ideal for getting up close and personal with leaves, bark, fallen feathers, and even little critters. Wicked cool! Add in the field guides, the games and activities, and the outdoor craft projects, and your budding naturalist will want to spend hours outside. Which is why we’re giving away — alongside a copy of the book — a selection of items to keep one lucky winner safe and comfortable during their explorations. Enter today and win the gear for many adventures to come!

One winner will receive:

  • One copy of Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail ($14.95)
  • One REI Co-op Tarn 12 Pack (kids’ backpack sized for ages 5–8) ($34.95)
  • One CamelBack eddy water bottle – 12 fl. oz. ($13.00)
  • One Black Diamond Wiz headlamp ($19.95)
  • One tube Thinksport kids’ sunscreen SPF 50 – 3 fl. oz. ($12.95)
  • One bottle All Terrain Herbal Armor kids’ spray insect repellent – 4 oz. ($9.00)
  • One $50 REI gift card*

* We recommend purchasing an extra layer to keep inside the backpack — REI has lots of great styles in a variety of sizes.

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The winner will be contacted via email on April 24. Check your inbox!

Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail

Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 and up. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are – whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects. Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid’s backpack.

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