Nature Discovery Park“By creating libraries with integrated natural spaces, we create a center for developing kids’ intelligence, curiosity and imagination. Books nurture learning and inner imagination, while play in nature engages the sense of curiosity and exploration critical to healthy brain development. Putting both of these essential childhood experiences in one place is a simple idea, but one that could have profound effects on whole neighborhoods”. — Richard Louv, co-founder of Children & Nature Network and best-selling author of Last Child in the Woods
A portion of the two acre parcel for the new Felton Library will offer opportunities for young children to connect with nature. Felton Library Friends will be seeking public input on these and other possibilities.
Selected resources related to these and other potential projects for the property are listed below (and more will be added as FLF continues to explore possibilities).
- Slideshow of images based on community input for the park
- Slideshow presented by FLF Member Nancy Gerdt
- Video of Nature Explore classroom and Fish and Wildlife partnership.
- Article: Relationship between libraries and nature rich environments
- Learn more about concept of Nature Explore classrooms
- Video (6 min): How a seed library works within a public library
Assemblymember Mark Stone and Felton Library Friends are pleased to announce $1 million in new one-time state funding for construction of Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park Project, a one-of-its-kind facility in California. “The San Lorenzo Valley is a special...read more
The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services has received a $395,000 grant to construct an outdoor environmental education area and interpretive trail adjacent to the planned Felton Library. The grant is one of only 39 local projects...read more
Over the years, Felton Library Friends has actively engaged with the SLV community to gather feedback on what residents would like to see in our new library and adjacent Nature Discover Park. This is a series of images prepared by a group of six Felton Library Friends...read more
For a two days (March 1st and 2nd), Americorp volunteers will be helping us in our efforts to restore the land at the new library site. And you’re invited to join us!read more
At today's Felton Library Celebration FLF member Nancy Gerdt presented this slideshow on the Creekside Zone. Watch it and get involved in developing a plan for the property!read more