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A New Storybook Trail at the Fort River Division
Northeast Region, October 11, 2017
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Visitors enjoy using the story book trail as they walk along Fort River Nature Trail
Visitors enjoy using the story book trail as they walk along Fort River Nature Trail - Photo Credit: USFWS

This past spring the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge launched the new storybook series along the universal access and birding trail at the Fort River Division in Hadley, Massachusetts. The purpose of the storybook trail is to provide visitors with fun and interactive ways to enhance their outdoor experience on the trail. This self-guided program leads trail-goers through the story as they meander through the scenic habitats of the Fort River unit of the Conte Refuge.

Each month we provide a new story that informs visitors about cultural and natural aspects of the Refuge. In April, an original story by Park Ranger Tasha Daniels followed a diverse group of bird species as they migrated from South America to their summer home at the Fort River. Other stories have focused on the reptile and amphibian species living in the varied habitats of the refuge, as well as on the native and non-native plant life growing there.

 

In addition to the storybook, on the third Saturday of each month, we present a family-friendly public program that incorporates the theme of the storybook within engaging activities that families and kids can participate in while experiencing the trail. The Refuge’s Student Conservation Association interns have played a major role in developing the storybook trail, as well as writing original stories and running the weekend family programs.

We plan to continue this year’s storybook through the month of October and, after a short winter break, share more stories next spring, starting in April.

If you have questions about the StoryBook Trail or wish to contribute ideas or original pieces of writing for the trail, please contact Visitor Services Manager Jennifer Lapis at Jennifer_Lapis@fws.gov or 413-548-8002, ext 8114.


Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, 413-253-8303, Jennifer_Lapis@fws.gov
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