Anne Ferguson, a Vermont health department employee, created the prototype for the StoryWalk. She wanted to increase physical activity, early literacy and family time in nature. When Arleen Brennan, a PAC volunteer and retired teacher, leaned about the StoryWalk, she immediately jumped on the idea.
She asked volunteer Michel Panozzo to create twelve wooden storyboards that were put on posts and installed with Plexiglas and screws to enable the changing of stories. The content of the storyboard varies with the season and Family Nature Day themes.
When the PAC began to sponsor field trips, the use of the
storyboards changed. The local school teacher chooses a theme and PAC
volunteers lead a field trip focused on the theme. Then a volunteer returns to
the classroom to guide related writing and drawing.
Last winter, a sixth grader asked if she could write a nature-related story. We posted her story and held an author’s hour at a Family Nature Day. She talked about her story and answered people’s questions.