New Storybook Trails Open at 4 Ohio State Parks

Trails Promote Fun and Reading for Kids of All Ages

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has launched four new trails to connect Ohio families with nature while encouraging reading. Storybook Trails present children’s books in a series of child-height panels to blend the fun of outdoor exploration with reading.

“Visiting a Storybook Trail is a great opportunity for families to enjoy learning in the outdoors together,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Kids of all ages will find fun and interactive ways to engage with these stories all while discovering more about conservation and the natural world.”

Trails constructed at Dillon, John Bryan, Maumee Bay, and Wingfoot Lake State Parks add to the educational tool already installed at Alum Creek. Each features a different story, letting families walk their way through some of Ohio’s most picturesque trails while learning about different aspects of nature from authors who were inspired by it.

“One crisp October day a few years ago, I was watching the last two leaves hanging from a tree limb, and a line popped into my head: One leaf, two leaves on the tree,” author and Ohio University Alumni John Micklos Jr. said. “From that inspiration came my picture book ‘One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!’, a book about counting and seasons.”

Micklos’ book is featured at Wingfoot Lake State Park. Other books include “Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler (Dillon), “As an Oak Tree Grows,” written by G. Brian Karas (John Bryan), and “Where Butterflies Grow” by Joanne Ryder (Maumee Bay).

ODNR launched the Storybook Trail program in 2019 to promote the importance of literacy, a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with nature. A Little Free Library complements the trail, and visitors can borrow books for free or donate books to the collection. Books for trail openings were provided by School Rocks Party Box and Ali Michaels, a 10-year-old from Chapman Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio.

This year, ODNR partnered with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide story content for several trails and raise awareness of these valuable resources for Ohio families. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library provides one free book every month to children enrolled in the program from birth to age five. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit ohioimaginationlibrary.org.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Suffield Township Administration Building, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM. This hearing is to hear a request from Mark Lake to add an accessory building that exceeds allowable square footage on his property. The request is in a Residential District, at 1227 Martin Rd, Suffield Ohio. This request requires approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals, per Sec. 30.2.K.

In response to the Governor’s Executive order, members of the community will be prohibited from physically attending the July 7, 2020 hearing of the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals. The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has opted to broadcast this meeting via Microsoft Team Virtual Meeting.

Physical attendance for this meeting will be restricted to members of the appeals board, the Zoning Inspector, the Appeals Board Secretary, 1 trustee, the court reporter and the applicant. If you would like to attend this hearing through Microsoft Team, please send your email address to suffieldtownship@yahoo.com and an invitation to the hearing will be sent to you.

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Effective with the trustee meeting set for Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 AM, the trustee meetings will be closed to the public.  They will be streamed live on the township's Facebook page, which is https://www.facebook.com/Suffield-Township-779053555578841/.  This is in response to the corona-virus crisis and in particular to the order by Governor Mike DeWine to limit public gatherings to ten persons or less.

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The Portage County Solid Waste Management District and the Suffield Township Board of Trustees announced that the annual "Clean-Up" Day for 2020 has been canceled.  You can bet that the COVID-19 coronavirus played a major part in this decision, but trustee Jared Phillip speculated that the Solid Waste District has been considering doing away with the collection of old tires as another likely reason.  Regardless, these governmental agencies are hoping to have a "Clean-Up" Day in 2021.

 

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In accordance with Governor DeWine's decree to cancel all meetings, the Suffield Township Historical Society has canceled all future meetings until Governor DeWine lifts this ban. We will advise when future meetings are scheduled.    Thank you for your past support and please keep safe during this trying time.   For more information please contact Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625.

 

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Wingfoot Lake State Park is Suffield's only park.   It was opened by the Ohio State Parks & Recreation Department in 2009.  Goodyear had operated the park since the 1960's as a private playground for its employees and for corporate retreats.  As the company footprint grew smaller in the Akron area Goodyear decided to close the park in 2006.  To learn more about the park, such as rental of the facilities, visit the park's website:  http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/wingfootlake

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