Park Packs

Family HikingPark Packs are backpacks filled with field guides, stories, park maps and tools for investigating the outdoors. Most of the award-winning packs are designed especially for 4th through 8th graders, but can also be enjoyed by the whole family. Topics range from birds and fossils to revolutionary times in Yorktown and Pocahontas. They are available at the James City County Library (7770 Croaker Rd.) and require an adult's library card to check out.

Park Packs are a joint venture of the Williamsburg Regional Library, York River State Park, Colonial National Historical Park and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. This project has been funded by a grant from the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library. For more information,  call (757) 259-7753.


Park Pack Subjects

BIRDS
For use at York River State Park and/or home
Age: kids in grades 3-5 and their families
Includes maps and trail recommendations, binoculars, a blue heron feather, field guide, cassettes of bird sounds and a story about two early Audubon Society founders. reserve this Park Pack back to topics How did you like this Park Pack?

COLONIAL CRAFTS AND INDUSTRIES
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack explores the early crafts and industries of Jamestown settlers. The pack includes books, magazines, hands on objects, maps, activities and user guides. reserve this Park Pack back to topics How did you like this Park Pack?

COLONIAL LIFE
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack explores what life was like in Jamestown from 1600's-1700's. The pack includes a video, books, magazines, hands-on games and objects, maps, activities, and user guides.

FOSSILS
For use at York River State Park and/or home
Age: kids in grades 3-5 and their families
Includes maps and trail recommendations, a fossil, bucket and shovel, fossil field guide, a guide to rocks and a book about living fossils.

JAMESTOWN ARCHEOLOGY
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This pack explores Jamestown Archeology. The pack includes a video, books, magazines, artifacts, maps, activities, and user guides.

JAMESTOWN ARCHEOLOGY II
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack continues the exploration of Archaeology at Jamestown. The pack includes a video, books, magazine, artifacts, maps, activities and user guides.

JAMESTOWN'S FAMOUS PEOPLE
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack explores some of the stories of Jamestown's most well-known citizens. The pack includes a video, books, magazine, hands on objects, maps, activities and user guides.

NIGHT LIFE
For use at home
Age: kids in grades 3-5 and their families
Includes a flashlight, field guide to the night sky, cassettes of night sounds, books about nocturnal animals and nighttime experiments and a collection of poems about the night.

PLANTS AND ANIMALS OF JAMESTOWN
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack explores the natural resources of Jamestown Island and compares how the Powhatan Indians and early settlers used those resources. The pack includes books, fandex guide, binoculars, hands-on objects, maps, activities and a user guide.

PLANTS AND FUNGI
For use at York River State Park and/or home
Age: kids in grades 3-5 and their families
Includes maps and trail recommendations, field microscope, guides about trees, wildflowers and mushrooms and the story "The Giving Tree."

POCAHONTAS AND THE POWHATANS
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack explores the world of the Powhatan Indians and their most famous princess, Pocahontas. The pack includes a video, books, magazines, hands-on objects, maps, activities and a user guide.

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
For use at York River State Park and/or home
Age: kids in grades 3-5 and their families
Includes maps and trail recommendations, magnifier, snakeskin, turtle's shell, field guides and the story, "The Snake Who Was Afraid of People." reserve this Park Pack back to topics How did you like this Park Pack?

REVOLUTIONARY TIMES IN YORKTOWN
For use at CNHP's Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This backpack explores the life of a sailor during the 1700s, the Siege of Yorktown, and the role the Navy played. The pack includes a video, books, magazine, hands-on objects, maps, and activities. reserve this Park Pack back to topics How did you like this Park Pack?

WATER LIFE
For use at York River State Park and/or home
Age: kids in grades 3-5 and their families
Includes maps and trail recommendations, net and plastic jar, books about wetland and pond environments, "A Kid's Guide to Fishing" and "A Frog's Life," a diary of the life of a frog. reserve this Park Pack back to topics How did you like this Park Pack?

SAILING INTO REVOLUTIONARY YORKTOWN
For use at CNHP's Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
Includes 5 books, 1 magazine (Kids Discover : American revolution), 1 video, 1 "piece of eight", treasure map, notebook, laminated sheets (guide) in backpack.

HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE:  THEN AND NOW
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
Includes 8 books, 1 magazine, 1 video, 1 arrowhead, 1 fivestone game, 1 sixpence coin and contains user guide.

HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE:  400 YEARS OF HISTORY
For use at CNHP's Historic Jamestowne and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
Contains 7 books, 1 magazine, 1 video, 1 pick-up sticks, 1 1609 sixpence coin.

AMERICAN INDIANS OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
For use at Capatain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
Contains 4 books, 1 map, 1 green Dry Erase marker, 1 activity compact disc, notebook, and laminated pages (guide) .


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
For use at Capatain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This pack includes 3 books, 1 DVD, 1 fossil, 1 map, 1 green Dry Erase marker, 1 activity compact disc, notebook, and laminated pages (guide) .

JOHN SMITH'S EXPEDITION
For use at Capatain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and/or home
Age: kids in grades 4-8 and their families
This pack contains 3 books, 1 DVD, 1 map, 1 green Dry Erase marker, 1 activity compact disc, notebook, and laminated pages (guide) .