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Homelands Augmented Reality Application

Homelands is an augmented reality application which brings Abenaki lifeways of the past, present, and future into the world around you. 


Homelands launched in March 2023 and is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. 

This educational resource is brought to you by the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective, Film Unbound, and the UNH Center for the Humanities. 

The project is funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and generous donations from individuals.

Current partner sites are Odiorne Point State Park and Seacoast Science Center, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Star Island Corporation.

The Blueberry Award

The Natural Start Alliance teamed up with the Evanston Public Library to shine a spotlight on the Blueberry Awards, a new literary award that honors books about nature. Find out what makes a children’s book about nature stand out, how books written for young children are exploring nature connection, sustainability, and environmental stewardship, and why that matters, especially now. You’ll walk away with new ideas about the power of story and a list of books to add to your classroom library!




Back Packs from the NHSL


Looking Closely Outdoor Learning Class Kit

This kit was curated and created by teachers Megan Zeni, Sarah Regan and Lauren MacLean. Megan and Sarah are job share partners teaching entirely outdoors in a K-7 garden classroom. Megan shares these experiences of outdoor play and learning on Instagram and Twitter at @roomtoplay. Lauren is a K-7 mentoring support teacher who has a love for playing, learning, and teaching outdoors. She is the host of the Mentoring Nature Connections podcast and author of Me and My Sit Spot.

Each kit includes book specific lesson sparks, guiding questions, and curricular connections for looking closely outdoors. Spend less time planning and more time exploring outdoors with your learners!

This kit includes:

  1. Sidewalk Flowers by JoArno Lawson and Sydney Smith
  2. What John Marco Saw by Annie Barrows
  3. Treasure by Mireille Messier
  4. Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark
  5. Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
  6. Listen by Holly McGhee
  7. Small Wonders by Matthew Clark Smith
  8. Flotsam by David Wiesner
  9. Puddle by Richard Jackson
  10. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

Nature Explorer Pack (2)

All of this comes in a backpack made from recycled pop bottles:

  • National Geographic 10x Magnification Binoculars
  • Handheld Field Magnifier & Explore your World Lanyard 
  • Two-way Nature Viewer
  • Animal Tracks & Traces Guide
  • Bugs & Slugs Guide
  • Pond Life Guide
  • Dip Net

NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action

7/5/23 Just another program recommendation- last week we had a program on Climate and Health presented by two doctors from Dartmouth- they are members of an organization called  NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, and I believe they have other programs as well. (One of the doctors was Dr. Seddon Savage, who many might remember from the Covid ECHO from a few years ago)

If you want to set up an event, or more info, here are contacts: or 


Lea McBain


Newbury Public Library

Wheelchair Friendly Trails in NH

Braille Enhanced StoryWalk®

Braille Enhanced StoryWalk® with Cathy Lancaster & Stephanie Wambaugh

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Bug Buddies: A Book-Based STEAM Adventure!

From a STEAM-focused summer and out-of-school-time program that is all about the amazing world of bugs — in your community and around the world. Download the toolkit that includes 5 topics for exploration through fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, new vocabulary, and fun writing prompts. Each topic also includes recommendations for kid-friendly digital media — websites, podcasts, apps, and video. In the Appendix you'll find a list of bug words, and printable templates for Bug Buddies name tags, journal covers, and certificates.

Explore the website for more toolkits and program ideas with books on topics like birds and the weather. 


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.