What is StoryWalk®?
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. StoryWalk presents the pages of a book – often a picture book – along a trail to encourage reading and exploring our natural world.
CREA has joined organizations from all over the world that are using this innovative approach to promote early literacy learning, to engage families outdoors and in nature, and to encourage well-being in communities.
StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea!
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Joe Beale, a 2017 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School, constructed the portable interpretive sign platforms used for the CREA StoryWalk® in 2016 as part of his Eagle Scout project. Each season CREA collaborates with dedicated program volunteers and the Topsham Public Library to select books that will be featured on our Storywalk® throughout the seasons. Come and enjoy!
The CREA StoryWalk® was featured in the Portland Press Herald in 2019. Read the article here.
Fall 2020 Featuring: The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Where is CREA’s StoryWalk®?
Until recently, CREA’s StoryWalk® was available to the public on the Barnes Leap Trail of the Cathance River Nature Preserve. Due to the preserve’s current closure, our StoryWalk® is now located in a beautiful meadow behind our new office, located at 179 Neptune Drive in Brunswick. Access the StoryWalk® from the side of the one-story brick office building that has a large white deck. After visiting the StoryWalk® you can continue to explore the area by visiting Neptune Woods, a nearby BTLT trail that is great for hiking and mountain biking.
CREA Storywalk | 179 Neptune Drive | Brunswick, ME | 04011
Parking for the StoryWalk®:
Ample parking is available in our office parking lot. The parking, accessed from Neptune Drive, is on the side of the building that has a large white deck outside. If you find that this lot is full, additional parking is available just across the street from this parking area.
What ages is StoryWalk® appropriate for?
Reading and exploring nature is for families with children of all ages! Older children can read the story to younger siblings or friends. Younger children enjoy running to each board, looking at the pictures, and being read to by their sibling or grown up.