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Port of Skagit Nature Trail Adds Children’s Story







             (Upper left photo) Retiring Burlington Public Library Director Maggie Buckholz and children join in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

 (Bottom left photo) Port of Skagit staff members (From left) Will Bonner and Alan Holtzheimer install a story sign, as Jim Sanders of the Burlington Rotary Club observes. 

 (Upper right photo)  Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin, Port Commissioner Bill Shuler, Port Commissioner Dr. Kevin Ware, and port employee Will Bonner.

Burlington – Members of the community gathered near the intersection of Ovenell Road and Higgins Airport Way recently to celebrate completion of the year-long Burlington Story Trail Project.

Pages from the children’s book “Scoot,” By Cathryn Falwell, have been reproduced on signs along a section of the Port of Skagit Nature Trails. The signs create an interactive experience for children and their caregivers to read the story as they walk, a combination of early literacy practices and healthy lifestyle activities.

The project’s organizer, librarian Jennifer Rounds, provided a detailed presentation at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, June 18. Retiring Burlington Public Library Director Maggie Buckholz invited children who attended the event to participate in the ribbon cutting.

“The port is proud to be the home to the Burlington Library Foundation’s Story Trail Project,” said Port of Skagit Executive Director, Patsy Martin.

The Story Trail was made possible by fundraising efforts of the Burlington Library Foundation and the Burlington Rotary Club. A combined $10,000 was raised to provide funding for the project.

The Port of Skagit maintains the popular 10.13-mile system of nature trails around its properties on Bayview Ridge. A gravel system winding through forests, along roadways and around wetlands, it is open to bicycles, pedestrians and their pets on leashes. Trails are open from dawn to dusk. 

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Linda Tyler, Community Outreach Administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email