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     + Dempsey Challenge StoryWalk
     + Virtual Kid's Yoga + Warmup
     + KidZone Coloring Pages

Take the kids for a walk or bike ride on Dempsey Challenge weekend. Look for a StoryWalk to get those miles in. Join Movement & Fitness Coordinator, Tish Caldwell, for a youth-inspired Yoga warmup to kick off Challenge weekend. Whatever your planning for your family - we've got you covered!


We've partnered with Child's Play International, YMCA, Curious City and Bancom Signs to bring local families our very own Dempsey Challenge StoryWalk®

We're excited to offer a special opportunity for local families to enjoy the outdoors with a beautiful nature walk featuring "Cat's Colors," a special book featured for the Dempsey Challenge. On September 26 + 27, families are invited to the YMCA's 93-acre Outdoor Learning and Education Center (OLEC), located in Auburn, Maine. Using proper CDC safety precautions, you can walk the beautiful trails, follow the StoryWalk path and log your Dempsey Challenge miles as a family.

Anyone that completes the Dempsey Challenge StoryWalk can contact Laurie at [email protected] for a free copy of our featured book, Cat's Colors! Simply email a picture of the very last sign and the beautiful spot that it's located in, along with name and mailing address and we'll get a copy right out to you! 

BONUS: If you are local, Tish, in partnership with the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, will be leading warm-ups in person at the YMCA's 95-acre Outdoor Learning and Education Center (OLEC) located in Auburn, Maine. She will be greeting families on Saturday, September 26 from 9am - 11am, run a quick stretch and warmup before you head off to complete the Dempsey Challenge StoryWalk!

YMCA OLEC, 167 Stetson Road, Auburn Maine  04210

Please wear your masks and follow proper CDC guidelines for outdoor activities.

About StoryWalk

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story.

StoryWalk® has been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! They are always received with appreciation.

Want to participate in a local StoryWalk for Dempsey Challenge weekend? Simply do a google search "find a StoryWalk near me" to view your options!


Join Movement and Fitness Coordinator, Tish Caldwell, as she leads littles in a kid-friendly yoga warmup to prepare the body and mind to tackle the Dempsey Challenge!


About Our Partners

Child's Play - Since 1972 Child's Play has been publishing award winning children's books that bring learning, fun and happiness to children from the very earliest age.  We have a history of creating innovative, inclusive books for children that promote learning through play.  Vibrant illustrations portray children of all cultures, nationalities, genders and abilities, helping children to develop an understanding of our diverse society.  Non-stereotypical traditions and values are promoted as a matter of course.

Curious City - Kirsten Cappy partners with educators and librarians to create learning tools that are inclusive and engaging. She works directly with  publishers and communities to promote diversity among our children. She has helped to promote StoryWalks, as well as create them along with learning tools and activities for the books being highlighted.

Auburn-Lewiston YMCA - For 160 years, the Y has been listening and responding to communities across America. In the Auburn-Lewiston area, the Y is developing skills and emotional well-being through education, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations, preventing chronic disease, and building a healthier community. With the support of our community partners, the Y empowers people to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure, while fostering the care and respect everyone deserves.

Banacom Sign - A small independently owned printing company located in Portland, Maine that donated the cost of printing the StoryWalk signs for the Dempsey Challenge

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