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A Free Summer Adventure Idea: Smithsonian Nature Guides—The World in Your Hands

An exciting summer idea—take the DK Smithsonian Nature Guide Birds or the Smithsonian Nature Guide Trees book with you on a nature walk. I remember taking walks with my family during the summer—in the woods where the temperature was a lot cooler than being directly in the sun. This type of adventure is exciting for children and adults alike, and doesn’t cost anything! 


These are thick, very colourful with the typical DK vibrant pictures inside.

The Smithsonian Nature Guide: Birds book has pictures of birds found throughout the world. On the page with the picture of a bird is a profile section that tells readers information on the bird, like region where they normally live, the amount of birds lain, and what type of area they dwell in. There’s also pictures of similar birds on the bottom of the pages so you can see if you’ve actually identified the main bird or if you’ve actually just spotted a different one.

My favourite of the 2 books is the Smithsonian Nature Guide: Trees. I find myself constantly trying to figure out which trees are which, wanting to learn more about the species around me. When I spent a year in New Zealand, I saw so many great Southern Hemisphere trees—which I am now going to be able to identify. This book is definitely going to see a lot of use when I move back to Vancouver—there are so many different kinds of trees in abundance there!

The new DK Nature Guides form a comprehensive, accessible, and informative series of illustrated reference books that tackle key natural history subjects in DK’s inimitable style.

From beech to buttonwood, pear to polar, walnut to weeping willow, Nature Guide: Trees is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of each tree, whether a spore, seed, or flowering tree.

Priced at $16.95, these books are a must for summer nature adventures. I received both Smithsonian Nature Guides listed above for purposes. I was not compensated in any other way.

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