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Richard Bong State Recreation Area Spring STORYWALK®

Spring

Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area invites you to explore the spring STORYWALK® which is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 

Laminated pages from the children's book “Our Yard is Full of Birds” by Anne Rockwell are attached to posts which are installed along the nature trail. As you hike the trail search for the next page in the story. Additional activities like scavenger hunts, art projects, snack ideas, and action play are also included to help you explore nature and learn more about birds. Bring your phone or camera to take photos of the extra activities that are posted as copies cannot be provided. 

The book is aimed primarily at a 3-8-year-old audience but the whole family can enjoy the hike. The .7-mile trail begins right behind the Visitor Center at Richard Bong State Recreation Area and has some grade to it. Watch for washouts. 

The trail passes the new Nature Explore Classroom, but that area is still closed to the public at this time. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. 

There is no cost to hike but you will need to have or purchase a state park vehicle admission sticker.