Born Learning Trails

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Born Learning Trail

Stop! Learn! Play!

Born Learning is an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children.

A born learning trail contains 10 (12″ x 24″) colorful and interactive signs with activities for adults to engage in with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience. Trails are also available in Spanish.

Stop! Learn! Play! encourages parents and caregivers to follow the child’s lead, building the child’s curiosity and confidence, and reinforcing the learning already under way.

Riverside Park in Beloit

The Opportunity

United Way is looking for community partners to help install new trails throughout the Blackhawk Region. A Born Learning Trail may be constructed at mutually identified park, school, child care center, library, community gathering space or other accessible family-friendly location.

Local Born Learning Trails

  • Beloit’s Riverside Park (sponsored by ABC Supply Co. inc.)
  • Beloit’s Summit Park (sponsored by Ecolab)
  • Beloit’s Turtle Creek Park (sponsored by Alliant Energy)
  • Janesville’s Bond Park (sponsored by Alliant Energy)
  • Janesville’s Fourth Ward Park (sponsored by City of Janesville)

Get Involved

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a new Born Learning Trail in the Blackhawk Region (Rock County, Wisconsin and northern Winnebago County, Illinois), or if you are interested in helping to install a Born Learning Trail, please contact Mary Fanning-Penny, United Way Blackhawk Region President & CEO at 608.314.8422 or

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Riverside Park in Beloit

Fourth Ward Park in Janesville