BBG Releases The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature

Beautifully illustrated nature guide filled with DIY science projects, journal ideas, scavenger hunts, and more for the next generation of naturalists!

Latest title in Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides for a Greener Planet series
Written by BBG’s expert Education staff
Illustrated by Laszlo Veres
Available August 2014

BBG Releases The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) announces the release of The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature, the latest title in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides for a Greener Planet series. The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature is packed with lush, scientifically accurate illustrations and fascinating facts that will inspire young readers to look closely at the world around them.

This innovative guide encourages children to follow their innate curiosity as they delve into hands-on activities and learn how to observe environments as a naturalist does. Twenty-four beautifully illustrated guided adventures examine the complex ecosystems of plants and animals in the woods, at the beach, in the city, and more. Detailed, scientifically based illustrations show how to identify hundreds of North American plants, animals, and fungi. Dozens of fun projects teach readers how to keep a journal, conduct field experiments, and explore nature with all their senses.

The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature was created by BBG’s expert education staff and explores ecological concepts with thought-provoking, fun activities for every season. Whether readers have access to a large wooded area or a tree-lined city block, The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature invites them to explore and care deeply about the world around them.

Features of The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature:
  • Twenty-four chapters about urban ecosystems and natural habitats that are easy for kids and families to explore
  • Dozens of activities, including DIY projects, journal ideas, scavenger hunts, and citizen science studies
  • Fun facts about remarkable adaptations by animals and plants
  • Career profiles of modern-day naturalists
  • More than 150 scientifically detailed illustrations of plants, animals, and fungi
  • Clear, easy-to-understand information describing a range of habitats of the American Northeast through all four seasons
  • Glossary of natural science terms
  • Presented by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with over 100 years of experience in youth education

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a leader in environmental education for children, and since 1913, its staff has been creating inquiry-based programs for youth. In 2006, the Education team created BBG’s first children’s book, Gardening with Children, which has now been reprinted three times.

    Illustrator:
    Laszlo Veres has been illustrating the natural world since 1987. His work for BBG’s Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature employs an over-scale, photorealistic style to bring plants and animals into vibrant focus. Previous projects include books for Scholastic and the British Natural History Museum.

    Author: The Children’s Education Staff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Sarah Schmidt, editor

    Contributors: Dave Daly, Niall Dunne, Sara Epstein, Ashley Gamell, Patricia Hulse, Barbara Kurland, Becky Laboy, Saara Nafici, Marilyn Smith

    Age Range: 8–12 years old

    Size: 8 (W) x 9 (L) inches, 120 pages.
    Format Notes: Printed with soy-based ink on 100% postconsumer recycled paper.
    Hardcover casebound. Full color throughout.

    Retail Price: $16.95 U.S. / $18.95
    ISBN: 978-1-889538-88-4

    Distribution: Available online and in North American bookstores and garden shops. Wholesale distribution by Sterling Publishing Co.

    Review Copies: Available on request; contact communications@bbg.org
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