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 first set of portable interpretive sign platforms used for the CREA StoryWalk® in 2016 as part of his Eagle Scout project. The second set was constructed by Highland Green volunteers with materials donated by Lowes. Each season CREA collaborates with 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.
Where is CREA’s StoryWalk®?
CREA has two StoryWalks®. The Topsham StoryWalk® is available to the public on the Barnes Leap Trail of the Cathance River Nature Preserve. See these directions on how to reach the Preserve. The StoryWalk® is accessed from the Ecology Center parking lot.
Our Brunswick StoryWalk® is located in a beautiful meadow behind our new office, located at 179 Neptune Drive in Brunswick. Ample parking is available for the Brunswick StoryWalk® 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.
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 bikin
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.