Families Invited to Free Activities, Author Presentation and Book Signings
GROW educators invite children and parents to the first StoryWalk®, a concept combining the love of reading with the outdoors. This free event May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature the book, “A Butterfly is Patient,” and will highlight the newly replanted Pollinator Pathway connecting the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®). Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr will offer opening remarks, and world-renowned children’s author Diana Aston will discuss her ideas for the featured book followed by a book signing.
“We are so honored to have Manya, Diana and other literacy advocates join us for this opening-day celebration,” said Kat Goldin, GROW School Program Manager. “Studies show that fostering outdoor exploration combined with educational activities like reading, ignite curiosity and prepare children for future success.”
Children will follow the story of “A Butterfly is Patient” by reading pages mounted within wooden frameworks along the outdoor pathway. “The idea is to walk from page to page to finish the story, all while observing the surrounding plants, which enhance the story theme,” Goldin said.
Stories within the GROW StoryWalk® will be replaced over time, to feature other children’s nature experiential books. Funded by The Fort Worth Garden Club, this exhibit will be open for viewing from May to August 2019.
The GROW collaborative between the Botanic Garden and BRIT offers meaningful experiences that enrich personal growth and sustain our planet through education, volunteerism and membership.