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 and interactive signs with activities for adults to engage in with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience.

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. 

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, indoor community gathering space or other accessible family-friendly location.

Local Born Learning Trails

  • Beloit’s Turtle Creek Park (sponsored by Alliant Energy)
  • Janesville’s Bond Park (sponsored by Alliant Energy)

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 Denise Peters-Kauihou, United Way Blackhawk Region Vice President at 608.314.8424 or dpeters-kauihou@lubr.org .