A StoryWalk is a way for children of all ages and their families to explore the park and have a reading adventure at the same time. Through the end of the year, visitors can stroll and read A Stone Sat Still, a new book, by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel, along the Mill Valley/Sausalito Pathway at Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve. Like the stone in A Stone Sat Still, Bothin Marsh is many things. As readers learn more about the stone, there are also prompts to look, listen, and interact with Bothin Marsh — getting to know both more intimately as each face a changing home.
“The Bothin Marsh StoryWalk encourages wonder and imagination,” said hydroecologist Veronica Pearson, who is spearheading the project for Marin County Parks. “It deepens appreciation for this incredibly dynamic wetland habitat and how it is changing over time.”
The StoryWalk at Bothin Marsh is about 1/2-mile-long and takes about ten minutes to walk without stopping. It starts on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Pathway near Almonte Blvd and ends at the bridge across Coyote Creek. The StoryWalk exhibit will be installed through December 2019.
“We’re excited to collaborate with community members to identify solutions to address sea level rise at Bothin Marsh,” said Rob LaPorte, Project Manager with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “Our installation of the StoryWalk is a fun way to explore adaptation in a changing environment while also providing a family-friendly reading adventure.”
The StoryWalk at Bothin Marsh is part of the Evolving Shorelines initiative, a series of events hosted by One Tam partners, Marin County Parks and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, to encourage discussion about ways to preserve and protect people, place, and the natural landscape while implementing a shared vision for Bothin Marsh.
A Stone Sat Still © Brendan Wenzel. Used with permission of Chronicle Books, LLC.
The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library