There have been several times that I have been out with my daughter on a nature walk and thought to myself that I wished I had ______ (collection tube, field guide, binoculars, camera, etc). So, after gathering some inspiration from the Acorn Naturalists catalog I put together a Nature Study backpack that we can take along with us on our outings.
Our backpack contents:
Camera (our small point and shoot version – if we drop it and break it I will not cry on the spot)
Snap cap vials (for insects, water, sand, soil, rocks)
Field guides (insects, wildflowers, trees, birds) – depending on where we are going
Aquarium net – small and lightweight, yet helpful in catching interesting insects
I think that I may add a field flower press since my daughter seems to love plants. Eventually, we will also add a sketchbook, but for now a camera is all that is needed.