StoryWalk to link tale with trail at Rice Creek

Children and their parents can find a new way to connect with literature and their environment as they follow SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station’s new StoryWalk in July.

Visitors will explore the woods July 9 to 29 as they read strategically placed pages of D.B. Johnson’s illustrated “Henry Hikes to Fitchburg,” an award-winning story inspired by 19th century essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden, or, Life in the Woods.”

Each page will lead readers on a meandering Rice Creek trail, as hikers follow the story of two friends who set off on a journey, one on foot and one by train.

StoryWalk is a free adventure developed from a 2007 initiative of the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition. Materials for StoryWalk, including the laminated trailside pages of “Henry Hikes to Fitchburg,” are courtesy of Oswego Public Library and North Country Library Services, as part of the “Reading Is Recreation” project funded by a special legislative grant of the state Assembly.

Rice Creek invites community members to a free kickoff event for StoryWalk from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the field station off Thompson Road, south of the main SUNY Oswego campus. Adults may assist their children in an activity—materials provided—to make a nature journal to keep writings and drawings of what they find interesting in the world around them.

For more information about summer programs at Rice Creek, visit

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(Posted: May 24, 2011)