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NCW Libraries is partnering with the Colville National Forest on a new outdoor project called Trail Tales, a fun and educational way to enjoy the outdoors and build children’s interest in reading!

Trail Tales combines three critical elements for family health: early literacy learning, family engagement, and physical activity. For the project, individual pages from a book are posted along the trail — and the story unfolds as you walk along the path. The books will be in place through Labor Day.

Watch this video to learn more about the Trail Tales project :

There are two Trail Tales located within our library district:

  • Big Tree Trail in the Tonasket Ranger District in Okanogan County, near Lost Lake Campground, featuring the book Up The Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc. The scenic trail leads to two 900-year-old larch trees.
  • Swan Lake Trail in the Republic Ranger District in Ferry County, featuring the book Because of an Acorn by Adam Schaefer. The trail follows the shore of a lake frequented by common loons.

Two other Trail Tales were developed in conjunction with Libraries of Stevens County and the Pend Oreille County Library district. They are the Springboard Trail in Stevens County and the Upper Wolf Trail System in Pend Oreille County.

For more information about Trail Tales contact the Colville National Forest online or call 509-684-7000.

NCW Libraries also partners with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust for a similar reading/hiking experience for families in the foothills near Wenatchee. Find out more here.



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