Scenes from the “StoryWalk” project along the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-Use Path. Photos by Sue Royce and Jim Welte.

The myriad recreational users of the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-Use Path along the 106-acre Bothin Marsh got an inspiring distraction last month with the opening of an engaging environmental installation meant to galvanize people of all ages around the importance of preserving the wetland habitat surrounding the path.

The multi-faceted project, which runs along the path between the cut-out at Almonte Boulevard and the bridge over Coyote Creek at Tam Junction​, is part of the “Evolving Shorelines” initiative from One Tam, a collaboration of public land agencies dedicated to the long-term health of Mount Tamalpais and its surrounding regions. The project runs through the end of 2019. 

The foundation of the Installation is a series of enlarged book pages from “A Stone Sat Still,” a book by children’s author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel that tracks the life of a stone from season to season as it evolves from “a shelter, a home, a kitchen, even a throne. Even as its environment starts to change, the stone remains, and the book’s last pages leave a timely and poignant message about caring for our world, according to its publisher, Chronicle Books.

“Our project team gravitated towards ‘A Stone Sat Still’ because the illustrations are really beautiful and fit so well at Bothin Marsh,” said Rob LaPorte, a project manager for Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, told the Marin Independent Journal. “But more importantly, the story of the stone is an accessible metaphor for resilience and adaptation.”

One Tam’s “Evolving Shorelines” initiative continues this month with a series of events around preservation, including a “Evolving Shorelines Happy Hour” about adapting to sea level rise on Oct. 17 (5-8pm) at Proof Lab at 244 Shoreline Highway, as well as a book reading by Wenzel at the Mill Valley Public Library on Oct. 3 at 3:30pm. There will be a docent-led walk from on Oct. 19 (10-11:30am.

The 411: The “StoryWalk,” Project, part of the “Evolving Shorelines” initiative from One Tam, focuses on wetland habitat preservation and stretches along the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-Use Path between the cut-out at Almonte Boulevard and the bridge over Coyote Creek at Tam Junction​, runs through the end of 2019. MORE INFO

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