Balsam Moon Preserve in Pine River hosts story walks

First story walk features "Sheep Take a Hike" by Nancy Shaw.

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Balsam Moon Preserve in Pine River is offering a story walk along a half mile of trails as of June 23, 2022.
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PINE RIVER — Balsam Moon Preserve north of Pine River is starting a Story Walk event along a half mile trail for all ages.

A Story Walk is a book that has been taken apart, laminated and mounted at stops along the trail to promote reading, exercise and interaction with nature. This walk includes the ability to move along in a way that aligns with the story, allowing participants to experience the story along with the characters.

The first story is "Sheep Take a Hike" by Nancy Shaw, which children selected for the debut of this activity.

Families, school groups and day cares are all welcome to experience the Story Walk. Specific, guided walks can be scheduled. Information is available by calling 218-587-3808 or by emailing

This project was made possible by friends of Balsam Moon Preserve and local civic groups, including the Central Lakes Rotary, Jenkins VFW and Pine River Lions Club.


Many volunteers planned, created and installed this project. The stories will change through the year, as funds are available, to keep the experience fresh and fun each time people come walk the trail.

StoryWalk was originally created by Anne Ferguson, of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Balsam Moon Preserve is a nonprofit organization sharing an alternative, sustainable, spiritual place of peace, honoring the earth and all living things. They offer workshops on site and online, demonstrations of multiple applications of solar energy and alternative building methods, gardens, a labyrinth, trails, overnight stays, pizza nights in the summer and opportunities to gather in community sharing our common humanity.

Additional classes and activities are offered through the year, and overnight accommodations are available to experience living in community, retreating or participating in/leading a workshop/class.

Balsam Moon operates on reciprocity, meaning no fees are charged for classes and activities. They welcome “giving” in accordance to what people receive.

Balsam Moon is located at 3148 Bungo Creek Lane SW, Pine River (6 miles west of Pine River out Highway 2 and five miles south on County Road 25).

For more information about Balsam Moon Preserve, visit or Facebook, email or call 218-587-3808.

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