5 Healthy Towns

Baker Woods Preserve StoryBook Trail
11914 Trinkle Rd, Dexter, MI 48130

Join us monthly to walk the trail and enjoy a new story!

Current Book: Saving the Countryside by Linda Marshall with illustrations by Ilaria Urbinati

Saving the Countryside is a picture book biography that portrays the true story of Beatrix Potter’s life as the author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit books and, later on, a land conservationist and protector of the Lake District in England. Enjoy this story perfect for spring, Earth Day, and celebrating the outdoors!

Summer 2020 Books: Stay tuned for our next titles!

Baker Woods Preserve StoryBook Trail is provided in partnership with Washtenaw County Parks and funded through a grant from 5 Healthy Towns Foundation.

What is a StoryBook Trail?

A StoryBook Trail combines the joy of reading and the outdoors! As families walk the .5 mile trail, they read a book one page at a time. Between the pages there are suggested activities to keep children engaged.

We need your feedback!

Baker Woods Preserve StoryBook Trail is made possible by a grant from 5 Healthy Towns. Help us report back on this project by sharing your experience. Scan the QR code while on the trail to share your thoughts! Or, send your comments to jzubik@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

Prepare for the Trail

Use the bathroom. Baker Woods is a nature preserve, an area of land where Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission strives to protect and conserve the flora and fauna in the area. This means there are no available bathrooms or electricity on the site.

Prepare for bugs! We recommend families use their preferred bug repellent product. Also, when your walk is finished take a moment to check shoes and clothing for unwanted passengers.

Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. The StoryBook Trail at Baker Woods Preserve is on a newly cut path so there may be places where roots and rocks are in the way. Also, storms may sometimes blow branched across the path. Wearing sturdy shoes means everyone will be ready for what you find!

Beware of unknown plants! As a preserve, Baker Woods is home to poison ivy AND plants that look like poison ivy, but are not.  Visitors should stay on the trail, not touch unknown plants, and learn more about how to identify poison ivy. See these resources to be better prepared.

Poison Ivy Quiz

Quiz: Identifying Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac