Newport offers 38.3 miles of trails, all of them open for hiking. Of these, 16.8 miles also are open to off-road bicycles. In the winter, 26.3 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing, including, 12.5 miles groomed and tracked for classical skiing and 2 miles groomed for skate skiing, and 4.5 miles are open for snowshoeing. Newport has 16 backpack campsites. (Click to view short video of Newport State Park.)
The Read to Lead book for the first week of June is Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George.
This Pre-school = K introduces eight different wild creatures that live near or in ponds. The author, Lindsey Barrett George creates a guessing game for two children taking a walk in a natural area. Here, the youngsters set out to pick blueberries for pie, but they are soon distracted by the telltale signs they see and items they find along an old deer path around a pond. With each discovery, they ask "Who's been here?" Turning the page provides the answer. Viewers will find a brilliant painting of the animal, fish, or bird in its natural habitat. There is a brief note on each creature at the end. The large detailed paintings and the brief text make this a lovely book to share with children as an introduction to animal life and to tracking.
One review wrote, “I have taught first grade for 21 years, and my children ADORE the three "Who's Been Here" books that I own. When I read these stories the children are on their knees leaning forward trying to guess what is on the next page. I would recommend these books to anyone. I think the intrigue is heightened by the presentation. We pretend we are detectives who have to use the clues to solve the "Who's been here?" question.
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