Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Story Stroll

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Story Stroll

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The Carson City Library in Nevada, in partnership-with Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space, devised a unique way to promote literacy while getting children-and their parents outdoors and walking in nature. It was called Story Stroll and was part of the Get Outside the Lines (www.getoutsidethelines.org) worldwide initiative that demonstrates the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

When Natalie Wood, creative learning manager for the Carson City Library, decided to participate in this initiative, she reached out to Dan Earp, recreation superintendent for Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space.

"Originally, the thought was to put the program in one of our developed parks in the middle of town," says Earp. "But Carson City has a wide network of trails and open space, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to get kids and families to enjoy a nature experience at the same time."

Carson River Park, with its wide, accessible trail, easy access, ample parking and meandering Carson River, was the site chosen for Story Stroll and the nature-themed bilingual children's picture book, Colors! …

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