(Posted June 14, 2022)
Through a partnership with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), First Lady Fran DeWine opened a new Storybook Trail in Deer Creek State Park on June 13. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, children and families walked with DeWine on the new trail.
“Experiencing a Storybook Trail gives children and their families the opportunity to take an adventure inside a great book while experiencing an outside adventure at one of our great state parks,” DeWine said. “I hope this new trail gives Ohio families and visitors new memories that will last a lifetime.”
Located outside of Mount Sterling, Deer Creek State Park is set in farm country. The park’s resort, marina, large campground, and 18-hole golf course facilities blend with outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and hiking.
The story featured on the park’s new Storybook Trail is “Drop” by Emily Kate Moon. On the child-height panels lining the trail, children can follow the story of the cutest drop of water as she takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle.
“Storybook Trails offer families another place to enjoy quality time with their friends and family, while encouraging the little ones to read and learn about nature,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We are excited to provide more opportunities to link literacy with healthy living through our Storybook Trails. There really is no better place than an Ohio state park to explore, learn and really appreciate everything the great outdoors has to offer.”
DeWine encourages all Ohioans to explore the Storybook Trails at state parks and enroll children under the age of 5 years old in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.
Currently, 324,887 Ohio children are enrolled in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library which provides one free book every month to children enrolled in the program from birth to age 5. Any Ohio child in this age group is eligible to receive the books which are paid for by the state and county partners. If a parent or grandparent enrolls a child at birth, that child could receive all 60 books in the program. To learn more about the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and how to participate, visit OhioImaginationLibrary.org.
ODNR will be installing more Storybook Trails this summer and fall. To learn more about the trails and to find a story trail near you, visit Storybook Trails Ohio.