Update from Kate - Family-Friendly StoryWalk at Bothin Marsh

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Update from Kate

Family-Friendly StoryWalk at Bothin Marsh For People of All Ages

Explore the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway, Interact with Children’s Literature, and Learn About the Dynamic Wetland Habitat and How It Is Changing Over Time


If you haven’t been on the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway (MUP) recently, you may be pleased to hear about the family-friendly StoryWalk installation, where visitors can now stroll along and read A Stone Sat Still, a new book by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel. The posted and enlarged book pages are just a few feet off the pathway, and they encourage readers to look, listen, and interact with the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve. This 106-acre marsh in upper Richardson Bay is a reminder of the vast salt marshes that once surrounded San Francisco Bay. It serves more than 400 species of migratory birds traveling on the Pacific Flyway and resting after their long flights.

The half-mile literary and recreational experience takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is located between Almonte Boulevard in Mill Valley and the bridge that crosses Coyote Creek. Please keep in mind that the MUP is intended for visitors on foot, bicycle, and other modes of transportation so Share the Path and remember to step off to the side while reading to help keep everyone safe!

In conjunction with the temporary installation, there are opportunities to attend a reading and meet the author:

  • Thursday, October 3 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Mill Valley Library – RSVP encouraged
  • Saturday, October 5 from 10:00-11:00am at the Marin City Library – RSVP encouraged
  • Saturday, October 5 from 1:00-2:00pm at the pathway installation – RSVP required

Additionally, on Saturday, October 19 from 10:00-11:00am Greg Reza, Parks Volunteer Coordinator, will lead an interactive StoryWalk reading of the book at the pathway installation. RSVPs are required for this event.

One Tam, Marin County Parks, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy collaborated on the creative campaign with local libraries and Chronicle Books to create the StoryWalk.  

“We’re excited to collaborate with community members to identify solutions to address sea level rise at Bothin Marsh,” said Rob LaPorte, Project Manager with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “Our installation of the StoryWalk is a fun way to explore adaptation in a changing environment while also providing a family-friendly reading adventure.”

The StoryWalk at Bothin Marsh is part of the Evolving Shorelines initiative, a series of events hosted by Marin County Parks and the Parks Conservancy to encourage discussion about ways to preserve and protect people, place, and the natural landscape while implementing a shared vision for Bothin Marsh.

There is an Evolving Shorelines Happy Hour gathering at which visitors can enjoy conversation and refreshments while learning more about adapting to sea level rise from 5:00-8:00pm on Thursday, October 17 at Proof Lab (244 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley).