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Get Outdoors (GO) Franklin! has returned for a second year to encourage Franklin County children and families to read and be physically active during the summer months. This summer WellSpan Health and Franklin County Libraries are excited to partner in encouraging you to
GO and Chase Your Tale! A tale can be an imaginative narrative of an event or a series of events or facts told or presented. As you venture out across Franklin County searching for “tails,” imagine all the tales you can tell about your hikes. What will you see? What will you hear? What creatures might you encounter? What great tales will you remember about this summer and keep in your memories? We encourage you to weave your tales as you create special moments with your family and friends and spin those tales creatively.

This summer, GO Franklin! helps you explore the tales of books and the tails of animals while you search for fifteen “tails” — wooden marker posts with a unique etching attached — that are hidden in various local and state parks. Take this Tail Trail Guide, along with the rubbing sheets you received at any Franklin County Library and GO and Chase Your Tale!

When you find the tail, you will see the unique etching, along with a 4-digit code. Make sure you remember this code (take a picture, write it down, etc.) and don’t forget to enter it into the Beanstack app to earn credit for your hike. If you choose to do the rubbing on your rubbing sheet, please be sure to follow social distancing practices and sanitize your hands afterward. Rubbing sheets will not be collected, so they are yours to keep. But remember — to receive credit for your hikes, you must enter the codes online in the Beanstack app. See the Rewards and Prizes page on this website for details. Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of this site for additional information, including recommended library books, tail tales, outdoor safety tips, summer parks programs, and more.

In addition to “finding tails” you can Chase Your Tale! by visiting any Franklin County Library, checking out and reading a few books about squirrels, rattlesnakes, chameleons, lobsters, and sharks. Reading this summer will grow your reading and learning abilities! In addition to the GO! Franklin prizes, come visit Franklin County Libraries to get your Summer Splash materials and start earning points. Log your minutes and your GO Franklin! tails in the Beanstack app to make them count and earn amazing prizes.

Make sure you read pages 20–23 in your Tail Trail Guide for information on using the Beanstack app. You can also go to for more information.

Now get outdoors, have fun, and Chase Your Tale!


Proudly sponsored by:

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GO Franklin! would like to thank the following municipalities, organizations
and park systems for allowing GO and Chase Your Tale!
page posts to be located at their respective sites:

Antrim Township

Borough of Chambersburg

Borough of Waynesboro

Greene Township

Guilford Township

Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness

Montgomery Township

Washington Township

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR)

Lastly, thanks for joining us for another summer of exploring parks and trails
throughout Franklin County. We hope that you and your family found new locations to
visit throughout the year and learned about different tails. The world is a big place,
so we encourage you to GO and Chase Your Tale!


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