Self-Guided Adventures


StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden storyboards that are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the trail, you read the story in sequence while enjoying a little activity and fresh air.

CREA’s StoryWalk® is open to the public year round and we welcome you and your young naturalists to join us anytime dusk-dawn to enjoy the walk at your own pace.

CREA’s Storywalk® Has Moved!

We are testing out a NEW LOCATION for our Storywalk®! It’s in a beautiful meadow behind our new office space at Brunswick Landing. You can find Storywalk® behind the brick building at 179 Neptune Drive in Brunswick. The first storyboard is at the edge of the parking lot described below. Storyboards are numbered and follow a meandering mowed path through the meadow.

In winter, the path may not be clear, so enlist the help of your youngster in finding the next number, located at the base of the pedestal, to follow the story in order.

Please sign our guestbook and tell us what your children think of the story! Then, feel free to walk onto the white deck to visit our Furry Fox and Beautiful Bittern displayed in the window of our office space. If we’re around, we’ll come out to say hello!

Our current story is The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. It’s perfect for our winter season, following the quiet adventures of a young boy as he explores the winter landscape. 

Directions to Storywalk: Take Route One to Rt. 24/Cooks Corner in Brunswick. Merge onto Rt 24, then turn right at the light onto Bath Road. Turn left at the second light into the Brunswick Executive Airport (the former naval air station). Follow Admiral Fitch Ave through one stop light, then to a Stop sign (Flight Deck Brewing on far right corner). Turn left onto Pegasus Ave and follow through one Stop to the end of the road at a second Stop sign. Turn left onto Neptune Drive. 179 Neptune is the first building on your right. Drive past the building and park in the lot on the far side of the building. If that lot is full, park in the lot across the street.


Self-Guided QR Code Nature Tour

The QR Code trail is currently unavailable due to temporary closure of the Preserve. But we’re excited for you to enjoy what we have created! Check the announcements bar at the top of our web pages for updates on the status of the Preserve.

In August of 2020, we surveyed the community about what types of activities people would enjoy while COVID safety precautions are in place. A self-guided tour of the Preserve was highest on the list, so here it is!

This QR code-based tour is meant to offer a sampler of everything the preserve has to offer. It follows the Highland Trail down to the Cathance River where it joins the Cathance River Trail and loops back around. The locations range from vernal pools and natural features to past human history and how CREA uses the preserve today. 

To join the fun, simply download a QR scanning app on your phone from your device’s App Store. The trail starts on the Highland Trail. From the Ecology Center parking, go down the steps to Rensenbrink Way and follow it to the kiosk. Turn left onto the Highland Trail and keep an eye out for codes, which are in obvious places (such as blazed trees) along the trail!

This map includes the rough locations of all ten QR code spots to help aid you in your adventure. Happy hiking!