FBC Explorers Backpacks

Please Note: Backpacks will be temporarily unavailable from Wednesday, September 15 to Monday, September 27, 2021 while our Community Engagement Coordinator is out of office. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Available to borrow from the Tidal Falls Preserve in Hancock, these kits have everything you need for exploration on FBC trails & preserves!

These kits contain all the materials used in the Intertidal Exploration with Maine Outdoor School and the Ecosystem Exploration with Maine Outdoor School videos!

Using your FBC Explorers Backpack
  1. Reserve a Backpack by emailing our Community Engagement Coordinator, Kelsey Moore, to coordinate a pickup time. Email kelsey@frenchmanbay.org with the subject line, “Backpack Request.”
  2. Stop by the self-serve kiosk at Tidal Falls Preserve in Hancock to grab a backpack! Jot down your name and the date you picked up your backpack on the sign-out sheet.
  3. Learn & explore with your backpack for one whole week from pickup! Inside you’ll find instructions for using the tools in your backpack, coloring pages, and scavenger hunts!
  4. Return your backpack to the Tidal Falls Preserve kiosk, placing it in the plastic bin to be sanitized & quarantined before it goes out to the next family.


Supplies in Your FBC Explorers Backpack

  • An FBC Trail Guide to find special preserves & trails to explore.
  • Laminated Activity Sheets to guide your way, with Dry Erase Markers to mark them.
  • A Magnifying Glass to get a closer look at nature.
  • Turkey Baster: use this to suck up some water or tidepool creatures without handling them.
  • Ice Cube Trays are to separate out animals from the intertidal zone in order to examine them.
  • The Hand Sanitizer Bottle keeps your hands clean out on the trail.
  • A Ruler comes in handy for recording the size of plants and animals you find.
  • Your FBC Explorer Notebook is yours to keep! Write down your observations.
  • Don’t forget the Pencil Sharpener: sharp pencils for sharp minds!


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