Walk with Donnie - Story Walk

Jorgens Park Preserve

IMG_1862.JPGVisitors to Scandinavia’s Jorgens Park Preserve can now enjoy a story walk, recently installed by the Scandinavia Public Library. The walk began as part of the library’s “On your mark, get set… READ!” summer programming and is a great way to combine literacy and outdoor activity!

“The story walk is named ‘Walk with Donnie’ in honor of Donnie Jensen who was a Scandinavia Public Library and Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve board member,” says Library Director Sue Vater Olsen. “Donnie volunteered many hours in support of both the library and Jorgens Park. It's my hope that people can enjoy the story walk and remember Donnie's life.”

The story walk is located on a 0.4-mile loop trail beginning and ending east of the park’s picnic pavilion (in yellow on the map). As families walk the trail, they can read pages from a children’s picture book placed sequentially along the trail. A new book will be put on display each month through October for visitors to enjoy. The story walk will run again from April through October in 2017.

Nature enthusiasts will walk through several ecological zones, such as lake edge, deeply-shaded upland forest, and open prairie, as they follow the story walk. Keen eyes will spot a wide variety of wildlife too, including frogs and turtles; butterflies, dragonflies, and many other insects; an array of bird species, and several mammal species as well.

The picnic pavilion provides excellent viewing of the ospreys raising their family on their lakeside nesting platform, and an outstanding view of Silver Lake can be gained from the public fishing pier located below the pavilion.

Jorgens Park Preserve is located off State Highway 49 on the north side of Scandinavia. For more information about the park, please visit the Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve page on Facebook.