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: Stella, Fairy of the Forest written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Cover of Stella Fairy of the Forest book

In Stella, Fairy of the Forest, Stella’s little brother Sam wonders whether fairies are invisible. Stella assures him that she has seen hundreds of them and says that if she and Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, they are likely to find some. Will your family find a fairy as you walk the trail?

July 2020 Book: Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes with illustrations by Jill Dubin

The classic rhyme “Over in the Meadow” gets a new treatment and setting! Intriguing cut-paper illustrations may inspire new art projects back at home.

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