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: Life On Mars by Jon Agee

In honor of our 2019 Summer Reading program theme, visit our StoryBook Trail to enjoy Life on Mars by Jon Agee, a story featuring a young astronaut trying to find life on Mars.

September Book: The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Lisa Falkenstern

Look more closely at the nature around you with this book that talks about the many different types of wildlife in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders.

October Book: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a variety of objects that try to scare her on her way through the dark woods.

Enjoy this story on your own or join us for a Not-Too-Scary StoryBook Trails on Monday, Oct. 28. Come in costume and hunt for treats as you enjoy the trail!

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 jzubick@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 repellant product. Also, when you 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