Tamarack Nature Center is offering a StoryWalk® adventure for you and your family on Sunday between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Your family can enjoy a story while exploring the great outdoors. As you walk, you will be able to read a book together page-by-page along the walking paths. StoryWalk® is an initiative that combines a children’s story with a popular walking route It was developed in 2007 by Anne Ferguson, a volunteer with the The Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition. A children’s book is selected, the pages are separated, laminated and attached to wooden stakes. The stakes are then placed at regular intervals along paths so readers can follow the story as they walk the route.
The story for this walk will be The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown. As you explore, you will be able to read the book together page-by-page along the walking paths and in Discovery Hollow. Discover how a curious little boy and his garden can transform a city from drab to fab!
All Ages Welcome
Sunday, July 1st, 2-4 pm
This program is free, preregistration is not required.
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has waived admission fees for 2012. Donations are gladly accepted and support the programming and operation for the Nature Play Area and Children’s Garden.
Bring It Home To Family Time
If you Google, “The Curious Garden Activities,” you can find a ton of activities that can be brought home to extend this book. It’s a beautiful book both for children and adults. It really makes you want to get out and transform your own little world. I want to try to pair this with a trip to the Farmers market to buy some veggies and try one of the recipes they are always handing out.
Another way to go with this activity is the StoryWalk itself. We have so many wonderful children’s books that have been loved to pieces over the years — some that have been through multiple generations. What do you do with these books when they no longer want to stay together, but you love the story too much to throw it away? Why not post your own indoor StoryWalk? (Although, if you only have one copy, you will have to be able to get to both sides of the page.) Suite 101 offers seven more ideas for re-using old storybooks. These ideas are great springboards for all sorts of creative ideas. You may have to start buying beat up thrift shop books, just to keep up with your kids art projects. Ameilia’s House also offers an entire party plan based on books and book art projects. Some of these ideas could be borrowed for family art time.
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