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.

participating libraries

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Thank you LL Bean!
Our thanks to LL Bean for their generous donation of backpacks to support the Mr Lunetta Explorer Bay project.

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.

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 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 May 2021, ten public libraries in Westchester County have Mr. Lunetta’s Explorer Bags for free loan.

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