Welcome to the Pasco Libraries StoryWalk®!

What is a StoryWalk®?

A StoryWalk® is an outdoor reading activity that allows children, families, and people of all ages to read a story while walking along a nature trail. Pages of a story are placed on posts on a trail, combining literacy and physical activity into one enjoyable experience. 

Our StoryWalk® is located at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, on the nature trail at the back left side of the playground area. Look for the purple posts and follow the signs on a 0.20-mile loop nature trail.
10500 Wilderness Park Blvd
New Port Richey, FL 34655

Our StoryWalk® includes 18 reading station posts installed along a 0.20-mile nature trail loop at the back left side of the playground area. Station posts include pages of the bilingual story Señorita Mariposa, interactive prompts, fun facts, and local butterfly photos. Follow the purple posts to the right, and you’ll be on your way to a reading adventure!   

Our StoryWalk® features the book Señorita Mariposa, written by MISTER G (Ben Gundersheimer) and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero. Learn about a monarch butterfly and her migration journey from Canada to Mexico.This story is bilingual, with text in both English and Spanish. Each post also includes interactive prompts and fun facts about butterflies in English and Spanish. 

A special thanks goes to our many partners who made this project possible: Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources, the Friends of the Pasco County Library System, and AmeriCorps.

Our StoryWalk® at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is a pilot project. We hope to extend this to other Pasco County parks in the future. 

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.