Check out an OAK with your family for a fun day of exploring the outdoors.

What are OAKs?

The Nature Institute is proud to unveil our brand new Outdoor Adventure Kits (OAK). These nature exploration kits are free to use at the preserve and beyond. Each kit contains scavenger hunts, bug boxes, binoculars, field guides, a map of TNI, a compass, instructions for use, and upcycled nature notebooks. The kits are recommended for ages 5+ and we recommend one kit per family.

Each kit will consist of the following:

  • 1 String Backpack
  • 1 list of kit contents 
  • 3 Laminated Scavenger Hunts
  • 3 Dry Erase Markers
  • 2 Bug Boxes
  • 1 Pair of Binoculars
  • Pocket Field Guides (one or more)
  • 1 Small Nature Notebook and pencil for you to keep
  • Map of TNI
  • 1 Compass

OAK Rental Policy

Fill out this form. You should receive a confirmation email within 2 business days. The email will give you a pickup time. You cannot pick up a kit until you have received a confirmation email. Pick-ups will only be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. We require a $30 check for deposit, which will be returned with the return of the backpack. Bring a photo ID and a $30 check with you when you pick up the pack. If the pack is not returned within 10 days of rental, it will be considered lost and your check will be deposited. 

Rent your kit today!

Use the green button to rent a kit for your family.