‘Storywalk’ encourages children’s exploration at botanical gardens

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Take your children on a Storywalk this week.

Storywalk is a children’s book mounted page-by-page onto signs that will be set up this week at the Wilson Botanical Gardens in celebration of Take A Child Outside Week.

This Storywalk features the book “The Wish Tree” by Kyo Maclear, a story about a young boy who searches the winter landscape for a magic wishing tree. The book is geared toward children aged 5 to 8, but the story and illustrations should appeal to all age groups.

This is a collaborative project of the Wilson County Master Gardeners, the Wilson Botanical Gardens, the Wilson Family YMCA and the Wilson County Public Library.

Collaboration between partners allows several community goals to be met including childhood literacy, getting children and families to enjoy being outdoors in a natural setting, and moving around getting some exercise, said Julia Newton, Master Gardeners member.

“Our organizations are able to spread the word about this project to a large portion of our community through their contact lists, and we hope positive publicity from other sources can spread the word even farther afield,” she said.

Storywalk is free and accessible to all at the Wilson Botanical Gardens, located at the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 S. Goldsboro St,. This Storywalk will start at the handicapped entrance of the Children’s Secret Garden and will wind through that garden, ending at the sand play area. A special surprise awaits everyone at the end of the story.

The gardens are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.

For more information, contact the Wilson County Agricultural Center at 252-237-0111. For updates on this project, visit the Wilson Botanical Gardens website or Facebook page.