Lunetta Explorer Bags

Explorer Bag patch. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim
Explorer Bag patch. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim

Check out an Adventure! Borrow a bag of explorer tools along with ideas for exploring nature. Get ideas for where to go and what to do to explore nature in Westchester County, New York.

Mr Lunetta Explorer Bag. Photo of bag and contents courtesy of Liza Wallis Marguilles, Snooty Dog Photography [www.snootydog.com]

As of July 2020, eight area libraries in Westchester County offer free loans of Mr. Lunetta’s Explorer Bags, a backpack with binoculars, other study tools and ideas for adults and children to explore local nature. [Participating Libraries]

The Explorer Bags are a joint project between Chappaqua Library and Saw Mill River Audubon supported by donations given in memory of Chappaqua naturalist Donald Lunetta. [Who is Mr. Lunetta?]

what’s in the bags?

Each Explorer Bag contains two pair of binoculars as well as other nature study tools.
Each Explorer Bag contains two pair of binoculars as well as other nature study tools.

participating libraries

who is Mr. Lunetta?

Don Lunetta, Sr. Photo: Lunetta Family
Don Lunetta, Sr. Photo: Lunetta Family

For more than forty years, Don Lunetta was a neighbor of Saw Mill River Audubon’s Pinecliff Sanctuary in Chappaqua.Don watched over Pinecliff Sanctuary and he also introduced visitors to sanctuary wildlife.

After Don’s death in July 2016, both the Chappaqua Library and Saw Mill River Audubon received donations in memory of Don Lunetta.

In consultation with Don’s wife, Jo Lunetta, a Chappaqua Library staff member, the Mr. Lunetta’s Explorer Bag project was begun to celebrate and continue Don’s lifelong work of connecting people with nature.

As of July 2020, eight public libraries in Westchester County have Mr. Lunetta’s Explorer Bags for free loan.