Walking While Reading Can Be Healthy and Fun

Imagine walking with your kids or grandkids on a beautiful summer day – and reading a book at the same time! Black Swamp Conservancy is combining two of our favorite summer habits in a StoryWalk® program that will be appearing around the region this summer.

The StoryWalk concept promotes literacy, physical activity and community involvement. A book is taken apart and mounted (by page or spread) on signs that are posted along a walking trail or path.  Families not only read the book, but also have activities to complete or items to collect along the way. By the end of the StoryWalk, you have read a book, taken a walk and completed activities together.

We’ve selected our books for this summer – “From Caterpillar to Butterfly,” by Deborah Helligman, “A River” by Marc Martin, and “A Seed is Sleepy,” by Dianna Hutts Aston. The StoryWalk books will be rotated through a series of stops, where they’ll stay for a week or two. We’re partnering with the 577 Foundation to present “From Caterpillar to Butterfly” in July, coordinated with a butterfly program they’re sponsoring. We’re also taking “A River” to the River Cliff Preserve in Fremont.

Check the events page on our website  or Facebook page (@BlackSwampConservancy) as the schedule is completed.