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QUICK! Can YOU SOLVE The Central Park Spring Jones County Wild for Reading StoryWalk® Challenge? NEW CLUES BELOW!

posted on 5/19/23

This spring families can look forward to participating in the Spring Jones County Wild for Reading StoryWalk® Challenge!  This fun family challenge will take place from March 1st – May 31st, 2023, and is sponsored by the Jones County Conservation Board, Anamosa Library & Learning Center, the Ross & Elizabeth Baty Monticello Public Library, Cascade Public Library, Wyoming Public Library, Every Child Reads Jones County, and the Friends of Jones County Conservation and Nature Center.

Participating is easy!  StoryWalk® Challenge puzzle sheets can be obtained from any one of the challenge area sponsors or be downloaded by clicking here!    Challenge Directions    Challenge Puzzle Sheet

 With puzzle sheet and pen or pencil in hand families can head to the Jones County Wild for Reading StoryWalk® Trail at Central Park to search each StoryWalk® sign to collect the letters that will help solve the puzzle.  Clues on the puzzle sheet will help you.  Once the Spring StoryWalk® Challenge puzzle is solved, go to one of the challenge sponsors to receive individual participation prizes and get your family name entered into the Grand Prize drawing to be held in early June. 

The Spring StoryWalk® Challenge Grand Prize will include entrance tickets to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, gift shop gift certificates, and lunch/meal gift cards sponsored by the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Friends of Jones County Conservation and Nature Center.

The Jones County Wild for Reading StoryWalk® Trail, found at Central Park, includes 20 interactive signs depicting a different storybook, which changes seasonally.  Families traverse the winding wooded path as they read the story and participate in interactive prompts on each sign.    The trail entrance can be found along the edge of the woods in the Modern Camping Loop.

Research has shown that early childhood reading experiences, opportunities to build vocabularies, and literacy rich environments are the most effective ways to support the development of literacy and cognitive skills.  These skills ensure that children are prepared for success in school and throughout life. The StoryWalk® trail combines literacy with the many benefits of active outdoor experiences where families are encouraged to not only read but use their imaginations, communicate their ideas, develop their thinking and oral language skills, and tell and listen to stories. 

We challenge your family to solve the first Spring Jones County Wild for Reading StoryWalk® Challenge!  Happy spring and hoppy letter hunting!

April & May Clues for You:-)   As promised, for those families trying to solve the Spring StoryWalk® Challenge. After you've collected all the letters from the StoryWalk® Trail review all our clues to help you.

CLUE #1:   Word number one, that begins with the letter R, is something you do when your bored, intrigued, or don't have a clue.   Get ready and go!  You'll need this skill for your A,B,C's and 1,2,3's as you walk along the Jones County Wild for Reading StoryWalk® Trail at Central Park.

CLUE #2:   Spring beauties love stripes                                                                                                                                                                                                    and bluebells are nice!                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring wildflowers in bloom.                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's not closed is word number 2!

CLUE #3:  Grab your crew and head through.                                                                                                                                                                                    The StoryWalk® Trail is a fun thing to do!                                                                                                                                                                     It never gets old.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can always see something brand ___ ___ ___ !