Walk with Donnie - Story Walk

Jorgens Park Preserve

IMG_1862.JPGVisitors to Scandinavia’s Jorgens Park Preserve can now enjoy a story walk installed by the Scandinavia Public Library. The walk began in 2016 as part of the library’s “On your mark, get set… READ!” summer programming and is a great way to combine literacy and outdoor activity!

“The story walk is named ‘Walk with Donnie’ in honor of Donnie Jensen who was a Scandinavia Public Library and Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve board member,” says Library Director Sue Vater Olsen. “Donnie volunteered many hours in support of both the library and Jorgens Park. It's my hope that people can enjoy the story walk and remember Donnie's life.”

The story walk is located on a 0.4-mile loop trail beginning and ending east of the park’s picnic pavilion (in yellow on the map). As families walk the trail, they can read pages from a children’s picture book that have been placed sequentially along the trail. The story walk runs from April through October with a new book for visitors to enjoy going up each month. You can watch the library's Facebook page for announcements.

The Story Walk meanders through several ecological zones, including lake edge, deeply-shaded upland forest, and open prairie. Keen eyes will spot a wide variety of wildlife too, including frogs and turtles; butterflies, dragonflies, and many other insects; an array of bird species, and several mammal species as well.

A picnic pavilion provides excellent viewing of the ospreys raising their family on their lakeside nesting platform, and an outstanding view of Silver Lake can be gained from the public fishing pier located below the pavilion.

Jorgens Park Preserve is located off State Highway 49 on the north side of Scandinavia. For more information about the park, please visit the Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve page on Facebook.