Skip to main content

Welcome to The Thielke Arboretum, Glen Rock, New Jersey!

The Garden in Your Backyard

Home  Education Building  Donate  Calendar of Events  Volunteers  Site Map   
ARTboretum 2017
Weed Warrior Day 2017
Nature Journaling 2017
Fishing Derby 2017
Bugs in the Brook
Bird Watching 2017
Spring StoryWalk 2017
Winter Journey Sticks Wal
Bark ID Workshop
Winter StoryWalk
Summer StoryWalk
Fall StoryWalk

2016 Fall StoryWalk:  Tap the Magic Tree, by Christie Matheson

Join us on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, at the Thielke Arboretum, for the launch of our new fall StoryWalk book, Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  Christie Matheson is the author of many adult books, and magazine articles, but is best known for her innovative children's books. Following the launch on September 25th, a fall craft activity will be made available for the children.

     This beautiful, magical book invites children to help one lonely tree change with the seasons.  See the blossoms grow, apples appear, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze. The collage and watercolor art will appeal to children of all ages and their adults.


   Tap the Magic Tree was personally selected for the children's enjoyment by members of the Planning Team at the Thielke Arboretum in collaboration with Sally Morgan, co-owner of The Curious Reader, a unique, local, and independent bookstore located at 229 Rock Road, Glen Rock.  The hardcover book is available at The Curious Reader in its entire interactive, magical format which encourages the children to tap, clap, wiggle and jiggle the pages, no app needed!  In addition, Paul Duggan of Mail & More, on Rock Road, supports the StoryWalk literacy endeavor through the contribution of labor and laminating materials. Both business establishments believe is supporting community activities and love to hear the positive StoryWalk comments from their neighbors.


     This StoryWalk will be available all fall. Enjoy the outdoor reading experience over and over.  The StoryWalk entrance is indicated by signage at the south end of the Glen Rock pool parking lot, located next to the Arboretum.  The StoryWalk is free, but donations are always appreciated. 

     The StoryWalk concept was originally created by Anne Fergusun of Montpelier, Vt. and is currently used in 48 states and four countries.  Please check out our other activities at or visit us on Facebook.  Membership forms are always available on the website.  

The Thielke Arboretum is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.