The Trail Tale

The Plumb Library and Rochester Land Trust are collaborating to offer a free spring activity for families. The Trail Tale at the George and Catherine Church Wildlife Conservation Area takes you on a half-mile walk through the woods as you follow the story of “The Gruffalo,” by Julia Donaldson, a popular children’s book about a mouse and his friend. Extend this experience with an outdoor activity at the Plumb Library. The Trail Tale and activity at the library will be available April 15 – May 6.

            The 20-acre Church Wildlife Conservation Area is centrally located on 193 Marion Road (Route 105) near the center of town and its half-mile, easy walking trail is perfect for young children. This property is a pine forest in transition, with selective trees cut in the past few years to make way for new, healthy trees. While the forest is in transition, visitors will find many nooks and crannies from fallen trees that provide homes for animals.

            The Plumb Library, located a mile from the Conservation Area, has beautiful grounds for families to explore while they follow instructions for a seek-and-find scavenger hunt. The first 20 families to complete both activities will receive a special prize!

            This opportunity is a great way to enjoy nature and reading with your family this spring. The Rochester Land Trust is an all-volunteer organization that owns and manages six properties open to the public for passive recreation across town. For more places to walk, visit

            Per public health guidelines, please practice 6 feet social distancing and wear masks. The trail takes you through the woods. Please wear appropriate clothes, footwear, and tick prevention.

            As of April 12, Plumb Library no longer requires an appointment to browse for books. Appointments are still required for computer use. Contact the library at 508-763-8600 with any questions.

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