"The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man."

~ Charles William Beebe (1877-1962),
Log of the Sun, 1906 

Families met at Pardon Gray Preserve at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24th for a nature hike and story event. Making frequent stops along the trail, they read Caldecott winning artist Chris Van Allsburg’s “Just A Dream”, featuring Walter, who, when it comes to the environment, is not an enlightened individual.

justAdreamLGHe’s a litterbug who believes sorting trash is a big waste of time. What’s more, he thinks his friend’s birthday present, a tree, is the most ridiculous gift he’s ever seen. Walter believes the future is going to be wonderful, filled with robots and other amazing inventions. One night while lying in bed, Walter wishes he could visit the future. He falls asleep and his wish comes true. But the world Walter sees is not exactly what he’d imagined. When he returns to the present, he is changed and so are his dreams.