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Follow the Bookworm Trail at Homestead Parklands

Walking, reading and enjoying the outdoors are now all combined in one stop at Homestead Park. The popular St. Croix County Park located in the town of St. Joseph, just north of Hudson, is hosting an open house to inaugurate the new Bookworm Trail on Monday, Aug. 18. The community is invited to join us at 5:30 p.m.  with activities beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the park is waived for this event. The Bookworm Trail project is the culmination of 2 years of planning by Park Division staff. The  half-mile easily walkable trail will have four unique buildings on it, each containing children's books to be read as families and groups walk through the lush wildflower prairie grass setting.

A colorful wren house shaped building, a homesteader cabin, an outdoor deck and a soon to be built fairy tale house will greet little readers as they stroll the trail. The impetus for this "No Child left behind" project was to get families outdoors sharing exercise time enjoying the public park,  encouraging kids to read and having a community project that many varying groups could be involved in together. This community effort involved fundraising and contributed labor from Boy Scouts, local contractors, the St. Croix Valley Bird Club, St. Croix County HCE (Home and Community Education club), St. Croix Vally Home Builders Assoc., Hudson Rotary and many local businesses. Most of the children's books have been contributed by employees of St. Croix County. A children's parade, led by bagpiper Anthony Howe, of the bagpipe group Brian Boru Irish Pipe band will commence after a kids craft party, when the kids will make nature crowns and  wands to use in the parade around the trail. A book will be read aloud at each stop as well as a few surprise appearances by book characters. A snack will be served after the parade with a short ukelele sing along. For questions please contact Justin at 715-781-6833 or email at