Read a story, enjoy the gardens

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Families can celebrate Take A Child Outside Week, Sept. 24-30, thanks to a collaborative project of the Wilson County Master Gardeners, the Wilson Botanical Gardens, the Wilson YMCA and the Wilson County Public Library.

Storywalk is a children’s book mounted page-by-page onto signs that will be set up at the Wilson Botanical Gardens.

This Storywalk features the book “Ooko” by Esme Shapiro, a story about a lonely fox named Ooko who searches the forest for a friend to play with. The book is geared toward children aged 3-7, but the story and quirky illustrations will appeal to all age groups.

Collaboration between partners allows several important community goals to be met: childhood literacy, getting children and families to enjoy being outdoors in a natural setting and moving around getting some exercise.

Storywalk is free and accessible to all at the Wilson Botanical Gardens, located at the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 S. Goldsboro St, Wilson. This Storywalk will start at the accessible entrance of the Children’s Secret Garden and will wind through that garden, ending at the butterfly topiary.

The Gardens are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.

For more information, contact the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 252-237-0111. For updates on this project, visit the Wilson Botanical Gardens website or Facebook page.