The StoryWalk® located throughout the trails surrounding the Lussier Family Heritage Center, brings StoryWalk "Over in the Meadow"families together through outdoor exploration and literacy. 

By adding a StoryWalk® at the Lussier Family Heritage Center we hope our park visitors will connect with nature in a new way, bringing together the wonders of reading, the health benefits of nature, and the exploration of the natural world. We hope everyone enjoys the stories we choose to share with you along our prairie trails. 

"We are excited to begin offering a StoryWalk® along the trails surrounding the Lussier Family Heritage Center,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “This addition creates a great opportunity for residents to spend time outdoors and enjoy quality time with their loved ones for free.”

Our trails are open to the public and we encourage you to come out and enjoy this free, family friendly activity at anytime of the year. 


What is a StoryWalk®?

This fun, educational activity places the pages of a book along a walking path. Combine the joy of reading with your child with the benefits of being active in an outdoor environment. As you walk along the path, discover the story unfold page after page!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 


Upcoming Books:

Books are changed on the 15th of each month (weather and wind dependent). Check our Event Calendar for more details. Trails are open from 8am-8pm daily. 

May 15 - June 14: The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess

July 15 - August 14: Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins


Traveling StoryWalk®:

As part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative with the Foundation for Dane County Parks, Dean Health Plan, and SSM Health we will be featuring a Traveling StoryWalk® that will be located at a different Dane County Park each month.Check our Event Calendar for more details. Trails are open from dawn-dusk. 

Pheasant Branch Conservancy February 1 - February 28: Listening with My Heart A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion by Gabi Garcia. Starting location is the parking lot at 4864 Pheasant Branch Rd, Middleton, WI.

Schumacher Farm Park April 1 - April 30: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney


Other StoryWalk® Books in Dane County Parks:

Silverwood County Park February 15 - 21: Under in the Mud by Laureanna Raymond-Duvernel (local author)


What's the Weather?

Remember, Dane County Parks are Always in Season! We encourage you to get out and enjoy our story no matter the weather or time of year. When it's raining grab you favorite rain boots and umbrella, splash your way through the small puddles along the trail(s).  Is it snowing? Strap on a pair of snowshoes or winter boots, bring a cup of cocoa and head out to the snowshoe path. No matter the weather, the story will be out and ready for you to enjoy.