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Resources for Public Library Youth Services Staff

Wheelchair Friendly Trails in NH

CREW-Communities Responding to Extreme Weather

Learn how to join the CREW team and become a community hub.

Sustainability In Libraries

New resource from the ALA Council Committee on Sustainability. 

Download the free guide!

Climate Emergency: Feedback Loop

Short films and curriculum for teaching the next generation about the urgency of climate change. Please see the attached press release for more information and view the trailer here, and the full films at five short films, ranging in length from 8-14 minutes, identify the effects of various human derived climate feedback loops, including forests, permafrost, the atmosphere, and the albedo effect.

The series was turned into a one-hour film for broadcast television called Earth Emergency, which aired on PBS in December 2021 and April 2022. This film was featured at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow under the aegis of HRH the Prince of Wales. Earth Emergency was also presented to the U.K. House of Commons with Caroline Lucas, former head of the Green Party, and was featured in a series of webinars by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Watershed Education Program

New Hampshire Fish and Game has an exciting and free Watershed Education Program (WEP) that will put your students where the action is in their own watershed. Students will become Citizen Scientists, studying and working with local community partners to improve and maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems for fish and wildlife. Contact Watershed Education Specialist Kayla Croteau at for a July training.


NH Big Trees

UNH Extension - NH Big Trees

In 1950, the NH Big Tree Program began in an effort to find, record and recognize our magnificent individual trees. The list of recorded trees now includes over 1,000 county, state and national champions.The NH Big Tree Program has compiled a map of some of NH’s biggest trees that can be viewed by the public. This map, located at, contains information on tree locations, including latitude and longitude, as well as champion status (i.e. the largest of its kind in the county, in the state, or the nation). 

Big Tree Road Trip???

Birding Nature Quests

From the Cornell Lab: Join families from around the world exploring nature through fun, hands on Quests! Choose between outdoor or indoor quests, or mix it up. See HERE

Past Programs

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. Panelists examined 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. View the webinar recording for a look at the best children’s literature about nature, as designated by a committee of librarians and environmentalists. You’ll walk away with new ideas about the power of story and a list of books to add to your classroom library!

2021 Winners

2022 Winners



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

FREE Winter Outdoor Learning Virtual Workshops

Free Winter Outdoor Learning Virtual Workshops


You can now sign-up for our FREE 60-min Winter Virtual Workshops!

  • Jan 16: Managing Eco-Anxiety through Outdoor Learning
  • Jan 23: Outdoor Learning Astronomy
  • Feb 6: Indigenous Resources for Outdoor Learning
  • Feb 13: Apprentissage de l'astronomie en plein air
  • Feb 20: Stories in the Wild: Animal Tracks & Traces
  • Feb 27: Enhancing Climate Education through Active Learning

As always:

  • Workshops are 60 mins on Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
  • These will each be recorded and the recording will be shared with all registrants
  • Registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources
  • Registration is FREE and there will be draw prizes for attendees!
  • Following the workshop, participants can access a Certificate of Attendance



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

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