Story Trails

Imagine you are taking a walk through our Nature Center and you come upon a page from a children’s picture book, laminated and mounted on a stake in the ground. As you walk along the path, you discover another page, and then another, and you realize you’re reading a story!

Our story trails combine the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors. The Nature Center Story Trails are a fun, educational activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a trail at the Nature Center. Our story trails are a way to inspire parents, teachers, and other adults to take young children outdoors to enjoy reading stories together, and to help build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both children and their grown-ups.

If you donate $200 we will name a story name in your honor or in honor or memory of a friend, a relative, or even a pet! Just go to our Donations page and register to donate a story box today.

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Bev Speece · August 5, 2016 at 4:34 am

I just donated a story box in celebration of my four beautiful grandchildren! I have walked through the Nature Center’s forests and trails with Addie, Bella, and Gabe, and someday I hope to walk the story trail with each of them. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to make lasting memories with my grandchildren!

Connie L. Peters · July 20, 2016 at 2:07 am

Very exciting. It looks good.

Kathie Butler · July 20, 2016 at 12:41 am

I actually began the bluebird trails in the early 80’s because I loved bluebirds and we didn’t seem to get many. After researching, I found they need a box with the right size hole and boxes need to be 50 to 100 yards apart. I purchased a couple of plywood pieces, marked out the pattern from the North American Bluebird Society, and proceeded to hand saw and nail together twelve boxes. My mom walked with me and measured out the spaces with her long strides and then together we decided what looked like a homey place for each nest box. After the first twelve, I soon added more houses and more trails. By 1986 I was ready to invite people to come visit Kathie Butler’s Bluebird Trail. My dad was the first to sign the guest registry in June of 1986, followed by the Cortez Garden Club. But, on July 20, 1986, exactly thirty years ago from tomorrow, my Aunt Lois Butler Greenlee walked the official trail. (She had walked it with me numerous times before, naming the flowers along the way.) In my guest registry on that day, though, she wrote, “I loved it.”
So, now, thirty years from that day, it is my pleasure and pride to dedicate the first storywalk box in honor of my Aunt Lois. There will be a plaque on it in her name.

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