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Explore the tiny world of nature, with the Explore Your World backpack magnifying glass

What is the Explore Your World backpack?

The Explore Your World Backpack kit is available for free at any Sarasota County Library.

The weather is getting cool! Here’s a fun option to get the family outdoors.

The Explore Your World backpack kit is one of three backpacks designed by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in partnership with Sarasota County Libraries. It is designed to help explorers of all ages get outside and explore their world.

Each Explore Your World kit packs all you’ll need to get started, including items, books, and activities designed to inspire exploration for all ages… from your neighborhood to nature! Available for free check-out at all Sarasota County Libraries locations, this kit is a fun and educational option for families with children or relatives with visiting children. Each kit also includes the activity guide translated into Spanish.


The Magnifying Glass

A magnifying glass is a convex lens, meaning it curves outward like the bottom of a spoon. It makes objects look bigger because the light bends, or refracts, as it passes through the lens. In our  Explore Your World backpack kit, the big magnifying lens can allow you to see objects 3x their normal size and the small lens can allow you to see objects 6x their normal size!

Fun activities with a magnifying glass:
The Nature Detective

Many ordinary objects and creatures are super interesting if you look at them closely! Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Animal fur

      Looking closely through the magnifying glass.

    • Ice cube
    • Shells
    • Cracks in the sidewalk
    • Flowers
    • Pine cone
    • Leaves
    • Salt Crystals

What was the smallest thing you saw? The weirdest thing you saw? The most surprising?

Take our survey for a chance to win a free prize!

Once you explore all the fun items inside, take the survey on the back of the activity guide to enter a drawing for a chance to win a prize!

An Equal Opportunity Institution. UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at

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  1. Is it possible to purchase an Explore Your World backpack?

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