Nut butter and jelly. Ice cream and sprinkles. We love when things go together. So it’s no surprise that we love the idea of a story trail — a book you can read while wandering in nature!
Last weekend, Baltimore County Public Library unveiled their new story trail at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella. Following the park’s walking path, you can stroll from panel to panel and read the current book selection off of 18 panels. This is the second story trail in Baltimore County; the first was established at Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville. The project was funded by Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library and Benjamin Banneker Foundation; the book stands were installed by Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.
“Our staff loves branching out from what people consider traditional library services,” said Melissa Gotsch, Catonsville Branch manager, “with efforts like our community garden and campfire stories at Patapsco State Park.” She added, “We chose books that highlight outdoor activities while instilling a love of reading among kids and caregivers.”
The story will change seasonally and the hope is that families will come back again and again. Explorers of the Wild by author/illustrator Cale Atkinson is the first book featured on the new trail. (It’s also in the Library’s collection if your kiddo falls in love with it!)
While the story trail is reason enough to visit Benjamin Banneker Park, it’s not the only one. The park has an Insect Hotel, natural play spaces, a mud kitchen and kid-friendly trails. We suggest bringing tiny ones in carriers rather than a stroller. Definitely a park to explore!
Story Trail at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park
300 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228