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United Way of Greater Portland and Presumpscot Regional Land Trust are proud to present StoryWalk® at Hawkes Preserve. 

Brick & Beam Society, a Giving Circle of UWGP, has partnered with the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust to install a StoryWalk® along the Hawks Preserve Trail connecting to Great Fall Elementary School in Gorham. The project promotes family engagement, physical activity, and early literacy which is a priority strategy for Brick & Beam. 

StoryWalk® is an innovative and interactive way for readers of all ages to enjoy a story and the outdoors at the same time. Pages from a children’s picture book are mounted on posts along an outdoor path in a park, garden, or other outdoor setting. As participants walk along the path, they will be directed to the next pages in the story. StoryWalks® engage young readers and is a great way to practice active reading skills with special activities highlighted along the story.

Visitors of  StoryWalk® at Hawkes Preserve are invited to walk the historic towpath along the Presumpscot River where the StoryWalk® pages are posted, continuing on the Great Falls Loop. The total loop is about 1 mile. The trail is generally flat and easy and can typically be hiked by children aged 4+, and by younger children if they can be carried for short stretches over bridges.

You can read the story by following the Tow Path trail along the river and use the list of activities below to support your young readers imagination and encourage active reading. 

On behalf of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, United Way of Greater Portland’s Brick & Beam Society, and the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, we hope you enjoy your walk and the story.  

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. 

Current Book 

Our current StoryWalk® selection is Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats.

The vivid colors of Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ezra Jack Keats combined with this classic Appalachian counting rhyme will have young readers counting and recounting their way across the meadow, from turtles to fire flies, from one to ten.



QR Code Activities  

Post #2: Don’t forget to read about the title page! Now skip to the next post.  

Post #3: Do you see any sand around you? What areas do we usually find sand?  

Post #5: Sing a song with your family or friend as you walk to the next post! 

Post #6: Pretend you are diving into the water! What pose would you start in before diving into deep water?  

Post #7: Have you seen a bee buzzing around while walking on the trail? Buzz your way to the next post.  

Post #8: Pretend you are a crow flying to the next post — flap your arms and “caw”! 

Post #9: On your way to the next post, make the “chirp” noise of crickets, starting quietly and slowly get louder! 

Post #10: Look up! Can you see the sun shining through the forest trees? 

Post #11: Hop like a frog to get to the next post! 

Post #13: Examine the leaves on these pages. Can you find leaves on the trail around you that match the ones from the book?