Story Walk®

The snowflakes were resting
after their twisting twirling dance
through the crisp night air.

Every twig in the forest wore
a new coat of glimmering white.

Daybreak came softly
moving through the woods and yawning
as its rays slowly stretched
across the snowy meadows.

The birds were the first to notice...

Enjoy a New York Times best-selling winter tale as you stroll through Schmanska Park. Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy, written by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, has won multiple awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award and International Reading Association Award.

It’s a heart-warming winter wonderland adventure with enchanting images and endearing text.

Stephen B. Freligh, children’s nature writer

To begin your adventure, find the first story sign just up the path from the Grove Street crosswalk. Follow along as twenty-three panels guide you up the hill, twisting around the basketball court, and twirling toward the barn. If you’re lucky, you may hear animal sounds or spot new critters along the way as you discover who, exactly, is this stranger in the woods!

The Story Walk begins in section E4 on the Winterlude Activity Map

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.


Do you know Schmanska Park is home to one of the most epic sledding hills in Burlington? Well, now you know. So what’s stopping you?! Grab a sled, garbage can lid, cafeteria tray, or unicorn and send it! Make us proud.

How do I get there?

  • The big hill is a trail linking the park with Greenmount Cemetery. Look for the break in the trees between the tennis court and barn.
  • For beginners or the supremely cautious, there’s a smaller hill between the fire road and playground.

Find the big hill in section B4 and the small hill in section E2 on the Winterlude Activity Map

Need more inspiration? Jason has gone shredding, double black diamond style from top to bottom.

Jason, Old East Ender and Unicorn Whisperer, shreds Schmanska

Still not convinced? Ok fine. Go get your board and huck yourself off Cemetery Ridge or enjoy a nice glade run through the Ramble. The choice of slide is up to you, just keep your head on a swivel and don’t flatten any neighbors! I’m talking to you, Jerry.

Little known Old East End fact – It is not crazy to snowboard Schmanska

Got your own pro tips for sliding Schmanska? Send them over and we’ll share.