Your library is a resource for exploring the natural world in the summer of 2013 – or anytime. You’ll find information and inspiration at Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) for getting outside.

Outdoor Adventures: With an emphasis on Cobb County and Georgia, the library’s Outdoor Adventures web page features information and links to outdoor locations and programs of the Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department; area city-owned parks; the National Park Services’ Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, and more. The Outdoor Adventures page is at www.cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures.

ParkPass: One of the most popular items in the CCPLS is the ParkPass kit that provides free admission to State Parks and Historic Site locations of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Please plan ahead as demand for the ParkPass is high during the summer vacation season. Check for availability on our catalog, through the Outdoor Adventures page, or by calling any CCPLS location.

Digital: Visit our E-Library to learn about digital resources related to the outdoors, from the All About Birds program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to the ed2go class called Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera. Our Digital Downloads page includes eBooks and eAudiobooks on nature, travel, and related topics.

Nature Books and Guides: Below are a few of the books in the CCPLS Adult and Juvenile collections about the outdoors:

Best easy day hikes, Atlanta by Helen Davis and Ren Davis

Favorite wildflower walks in Georgia by Hugh O. Nourse and Carol Nourse

60 hikes within 60 miles: Atlanta, including Marietta, Lawrenceville, and Peachtree City by Randy Golden

Building outdoor gear: easy-to-make projects for camping, fishing, hunting, and canoeing by Gil Gilpatrick

The best in tent camping. Georgia: a guide for car campers who hate RVs, concrete slabs, and loud portable stereos by Johnny Molloy

Go out and play!: favorite outdoor games from Kaboom!

National Audubon Society guide to landscape photography by Tim Fitzharris

Programs: Visit the CCPLS calendar to learn about events with nature themes at CCPLS branches. Several are scheduled as part of 2013 summer reading programs under the slogans “Dig Into Reading” for children, teens’ “Beneath the Surface” and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults.

Get Out: Discover Nature at the Library