In celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8, Red-tail Land Conservancy and Muncie Public Library have partnered to bring a storywalk to Dutro-Ernst Woods, a 33-acre nature preserve in Muncie. To promote social distancing, the free outdoor pop-up exhibit is open to visit anytime dawn to dusk from September 3-10.
A storywalk is a way for adults and their young children to lay the groundwork for reading comprehension while also reaping the health benefits of outdoor recreation. The featured book is an original adaptation by Muncie Public Library staff member Amanda Kaufman and her son Luc Kaufman of the classic “stone soup” folktale. Titled “Dragon’s Egg Soup,” it speaks to community diversity and the magic that happens when people work towards a common goal.
The colorful illustrations and text of each page are transformed into a dozen reading stations posted along a smooth gravel path in the forested area of Dutro-Ernst Woods (1601 S. Perdieu Rd). After families have walked the path and read each station, they will have spent about half an hour in nature as well as completed an entire book. There is just over a mile of trail in Dutro-Ernst Woods to explore before or after.
Red-tail reminds visitors to enjoy the exhibit using responsible recreation practices: stand at least 6ft from other trail-goers and return later if the parking lot is full.Storywalk flyer- Dragons Egg Soup