Talk about a metamorphosis?! Back in March we were all like the larva just hatching from the egg, lost and confused. We ate our way through fruits and veggies, and then found more comfort in cakes, candy, & pies like ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We hunkered down, we sheltered-in-place, our homes became our cocoons. Are you ready to burst out of your quarantine chrysalis? It’s time to get out, navigate this new normal, and spread your wings! So what are you waiting for? Pack a picnic or go through the drive-thru, grab the sunblock, bug spray, & make it a fun filled day fluttering through the storybook ‘Where Butterflies Grow’ out at Maumee Bay!
What are Storybook Trails?
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) launched the Storybook Trail program in 2019 to promote the importance of literacy, a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with nature. Storybook Trails present children’s books in a series of child-height panels to blend the fun of outdoor exploration with reading. Each features a different story, letting families walk their way through some of Ohio’s most picturesque trails while learning about different aspects of nature from authors who were inspired by it. There are currently four Storybook Trails… “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!”, by John Micklo Jr (Wingfoot Lake State Park) “Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler (Dillon), “As an Oak Tree Grows,” written by G. Brian Karas (John Bryan), and “Where Butterflies Grow” by Joanne Ryder (Maumee Bay).
This year, ODNR partnered with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide story content for several trails and raise awareness of these valuable resources for Ohio families. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library provides one free book every month to children enrolled in the program from birth to age five. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit ohioimaginationlibrary.org
Where is the Storybook Trail located?
‘Where Butterflies Grow’
Maumee Bay State Park
Address: 1400 State Park Rd, Oregon, OH 43616
Phone: (419) 836-7758
As you enter the park go straight back towards the lodge, past the Golf Course and Nature Center (on your right). Once you get to the point where you have the option to go into the parking lot on the right or left go to the left. Look for the Windmill on the left, park near it. The Storybook Trail begins near the tennis and basketball courts.
How long is the Storybook Trail?
The Storybook Trial is roughly .5 miles.
How is the terrain?
It’s mowed grass, for the most part its stroller/wagon friendly, there are some very muddy areas along the path that could make maneuvering a bit tricky, and depending on the weather could become huge muddy puddles. (Maybe pack an extra change of clothes just in case 🙂 )
There are fun questions and kiddos are encouraged to get involved in action movements as they stroll onto the next page.
Are there restrooms?
Yes, there are porta-pots near the Nature Center or you can go into the Lodge, turn left, and restrooms are on the left, just beyond the Gift Shop and across from the Restaurant.
While you’re there be sure to hit up the Boardwalk….
There’s a small loop and a large loop, depending on kiddos age & your energy, both have lot’s of fun creatures you can see as you walk….but like the kiddos learned in the Storybook they’ve all adapted to their surrounding so you need to really look closely to see them!
Is there a Playground?
Yes, if you’re facing the entrance-way to the lodge it’s located at the far right, behind the lodge, there’s a paved path toward the playground.
Have you had the opportunity to walk one of the Storybook Trails? Why not make a summer of it and hit up all 4?