Read a children’s book while you enjoy a nature walk at several Wake County Park locations. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Visit all our StoryWalks®!
Blue Jay Point County Park
Come out to Blue Jay Point County Park this month for a brand new StoryWalk® along the Laurel Loop Trail!
Exciting news! Blue Jay Point has a new StoryWalk®, "Little Sap," by Jan Hughes, running from March 4 - April 2. You can find this StoryWalk® along the Laurel Loop Trail. This path is short, mulched, and has some changes of terrain. Enjoy the StoryWalk® every day, weather dependent.
From April 22 through May 21, visit a special Songbird Celebration themed StoryWalk® along the Sparkleberry Loop Trail! Read "A Warbler's Journey," written by Scott Weidensaul and illustrated by Nancy Lane. Cheer on the tiny but mighty yellow warbler as she makes her perilous migration journey from the tropics of Central America to the Canadian tundra.
*On the back of each page is thematic information, activities and bird facts!
The Sparkleberry Trail is located next to the Education Center. This path is short, mulched, and has some changes of terrain. Daily, weather depending. Rain will cancel.
Crowder County Park
Stop by the park and visit our monthly StoryWalk®! This wonderful program combines the joy of reading a story while also getting out and enjoying nature. Located on Crowder's Outer Loop trail, this hike is around 0.8 miles.
From March 2–31, visit the new Crowder StoryWalk®: "Rabbits and Raindrops" written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. Follow along as mother rabbit's five babies hop out of her nest to nibble clover, meet grasshoppers, spiders, and bees, play tag, and run for shelter when it rains.
From April 2–30, visit the new Crowder StoryWalk®: "Raccoon on His Own" written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. After accidentally falling into a canoe that sets sail, a baby raccoon goes on his first solo adventure away from his mother and siblings where he curiously explores the world around him until he realizes that it's time to make a plan to get back to his family.
Green Hills County Park
Come out to Green Hills County Park this month for a brand new StoryWalk®!
Green Hills has a new StoryWalk®! From March 4 through April 2, visit "Tree Full of Wonder," written by Anna Smithers and illustrated by Martyna Nejman.
Have you ever wondered why trees are important? Why do we need to protect them? Tree Full of Wonder is a vibrant, rhyming, educational and unique picture book showing the unbreakable bond between people and trees.
This StoryWalk® can be found near the playground, along the paved path.
Harris Lake County Park
Come to Harris Lake in April for a brand new StoryWalk®! This month's StoryWalk® can be found on the paved trail around the Educational Garden and Natural Play Area.
From April 1 through the 30, visit the StoryWalk®, "The Dawn Chorus," written and illustrated by Suzanne Barton.
Peep awakes one morning to the sound of beautiful birdsong, but where is it coming from? It's the Dawn Chorus and Peep wants to sing like the other birds, but try as he may, he can't do it. Find out what is special about Peep in this sweet story about self acceptance and finding your place in the world.
Historic Oak View County Park
Take a StoryWalk® at Oak View! A StoryWalk® is a children’s book that is presented, page by page, along a trail or path. It combines the pleasures of reading a children's book while enjoying nature.
From March 1 through 31, Oak View's brick walkways will feature the new StoryWalk® "Before She Was Harriet," written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome.
Who was Harriet Tubman before she was Harriet?
We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. As Araminta she was a young girl whose father showed her the stars and the first steps on the path to freedom.
An evocative poem and stunning watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her a larger than life hero.
From April 1st-30th, to celebrate Autism Awareness, Acceptance, and Appreciation Month, Oak View's brick walkways will feature the illustrated children's book "The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin" by Julia Finley Mosca (author) and Daniel Rieley (illustrator.)
Learn all about Dr. Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism as a young child and became one of the most powerful voices in modern science and a fierce advocate for autism inclusion. The story features an exciting, informative look at her remarkable life and teaches children to celebrate differences and find strength in what makes you, YOU!
StoryWalk® at Oak View is free, requires no advance registration, and is open during the park's normal hours of operation. Check out our StoryWalk® Social Narrative, to download and print before going to the park.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Historic Yates Mill County Park is excited to offer a new StoryWalk®, an interactive outdoor activity for you and your family. Join us for this fun, self-guided activity, which will start at the kiosk near the Visitor Center and end near the mill.
From April 3 through the 30, Yates Mill will feature the new StoryWalk®: "Spring Parade", written by Camelia Kay and illustrated by Allyn Howard.
Here comes Spring! March along with Mama and Baby Bunny as they welcome a festive parade of budding flowers and blossoming trees, new birds, butterflies and bees, and all of their beloved friends, emerging from the winter season.
Sandy Pines Nature Preserve
Join us for a StoryWalk® at Sandy Pines Nature Preserve!
From April 1 through April 30, visit the new StoryWalk® book, "How to Find a Bird," written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Diana Sudyka.
How do you find a bird? There are so many ways! Begin by watching. And listening. And staying quiet, so quiet you can hear your own heartbeat. Soon you’ll see that there are birds everywhere—up in the sky, down on the ground, sometimes even right in front of you just waiting to be discovered!
Turnipseed Nature Preserve
Join us for a StoryWalk® at Turnipseed Nature Preserve! This month, you can find the walk at the preserve's Hunt Valley Entrance.
To celebrate Women's History Month walk and read about Astronomer and Astrophysicist Cecilia Payne, in the brand new StoryWalk® at Turnipseed Nature Preserve! From March 1-31, visit "The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of," written by Kirsten W. Larson and illustrated by Katherine Roy.
Astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne was the first person to discover what burns at the heart of stars. But she didn't start out as the groundbreaking scientist she would eventually become. She started out as a girl full of curiosity, hoping one day to unlock the mysteries of the universe.