Insect Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits are available to check from the library for up to two weeks at a time and offer hands-on learning for a variety of ages. Adults should accompany and assist younger children. Please release insects after capture and observation. Avoid handling insects directly.

Backyard Guide to Insects & Spiders  
    of North America,
Arthur Evans (National Georgraphic)
Magnifying Glass
Bug Viewer
Telescoping Net
Clipboard (with ruler marks) Insect Identification Worksheets (10)
Additional worksheets available in Youth Services

Nature Information and Identification Apps: This page contains links to extra resources for deeper immersion into topics covered in the kits. Please note: while these are educational resources, the library does not monitor or endorse their content. Explore these resources with parental supervision and discretion.

iNaturalist and Seek by iNaturalist One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 400,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

Audubon Bird Guide App    The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.

Insect Identification Website  This website allows you to search for insects in several ways. You can look by State, Insect shape, Insect variety, or even function of insect (biting, flying, ect.) This is a great option to teaching kids about process of elimination and sorting by category, while learning about bugs.

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