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: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

Cover of Thanks for Thanksgiving book

‘Tis the season to remember all we are thankful for the whole year through!

Join us during the week of Thanksgiving for a Turkey Trek on Monday, Nov. 25 from 10:30-11:30am to close out our first season of the StoryBook Trail!

Winter 19-20 Book: The Mitten, written and illustrated by Jan Brett

Enjoy this classic story during snowy hikes this winter!

The trail will not be cleared during the winter months, so please plan accordingly and dress for the weather. We anticipate a fresh story will be ready by mid-April 2020.

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 leave your thoughts and be entered into a monthly drawing to win an animal finger puppet and seasonal book! Or, send your thoughts 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