READING IN NATURE—Students get a first look at the newly posted storybook pages for this year’s StoryWalk at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. The event runs through May 14. Courtesy photo

Bridges Charter School is taking a different path when it comes to storytelling.

Instead of the usual sitting in a circle for story time, children and their families can experience nature while reading about it. The school has partnered with the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden to present another round of StoryWalk.

Now in its third year, the event allows readers to stroll along the garden’s paths and stop to read laminated pages at various points.

The effort was initially introduced to Bridges by the school’s librarian, Rebekah Schletewitz, as a way to give families something to do together during the height of the pandemic.

“The StoryWalk combines two of my passions, the outdoors and books,” she said. “I love the idea that while you enjoy a wonderful story as a family, you also get to be outdoors enjoying one of my favorite places in town, the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden.

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