BLM Salmon Field Office launches Adventure Kits for local children

SALMON, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salmon Field Office has developed several BLM Adventure Kits that will be available for free checkout at the Salmon Public Library starting Nov. 15. This partnership brings in more hands-on outdoor learning opportunities to the youth of Lemhi County, Idaho.

The new BLM Adventure Kits consist of backpacks filled with books, educational resources, and outdoor and scientific field supplies that children can use while learning adventures recreating on public lands. The kits have been curated by resource specialists from the Salmon Field Office around specific natural resource topics including Animal Tracks, Fur & Scat; Native Plants & Pollinators; Rocks, Minerals & Landforms; and Geocaching.

“This is an exciting way to educate the youth about natural resources while encouraging them to recreate,” said BLM Salmon Field Manager Linda Price. “Partnering with the library provides even more children the chance to venture outside and learn something new.”

The Animal Tracks, Fur & Scat Adventure Kit includes a variety of native wildlife replica furs, as well as life-size rubber scat samples and flexible rubber track replicas. This offers the feel of “real” feet or paws and provides an opportunity to educate on animal tracking, anatomy, adaptation, behavior, and ecology. The Native Plants & Pollinators Kit includes a field plant press and instructions for creating a custom herbarium, as well as many other “goodies”. A working Garmin GPS unit is one of the learning resources for geography and maps in the Geocaching Kit; and the Rocks, Minerals & Landforms Kit includes a rock hammer and geologic learning materials. Each Adventure Kit includes books carefully selected by librarians to complement the natural resource topic at a reading level appropriate for young children.

To celebrate the launch of the new BLM Adventure Kits, the first 40 children who check out a kit from the Salmon Public Library will receive a free BLM iron-on patch. Noted Field Manager Price, “We’re very fortunate in Salmon to have an abundance of wildlife and easily accessible public lands for children—and adults—to explore. We can’t wait to hear about all the new adventures!”

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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