Born Learning Trails

Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Local trails brought to you by Great Rivers United Way
Locations Sponsors About this Trail
Evans-Bosshard Park
Sparta, WI
Brenengen Auto Group, Century Foods, MTNT, Rotary International, State Bank Financial, with special thanks to the Sparta Parks Department Evans-Bosshard Park is conveniently located near the Morrow Home Community and offers a pavilion and playground equipment in addition to GRUW’s first-ever Born Learning Trail!
Van Riper Park
Onalaska, WI
Joanne Van Riper, with special thanks to the Onalaska Parks Department The Van Riper Park Born Learning Trail features two trail heads conveniently located near parking – one by the Onalaska Aquatic Center and another by the dog park.
Red Cloud Park
La Crosse, WI
RSM US LLP, with special thanks to the La Crosse Parks Department and WisCorps Red Cloud Park is located in La Crosse’s north side near the old La Crosse Footwear building. The trail encircles playground equipment within easy view of an enclosed shelter and seating area.
Chad Erickson Memorial Park – coming soon!
La Crosse, WI
RSM US LLP In honor of Chad and in the spirit of his park, RSM’s second Born Learning Trail will feature adaptive elements. We are very excited to enhance Born Learning for children and caregivers of all abilities!

Born Learning & Great Rivers United Way

Great Rivers United Way is partnering with community-minded businesses and organizations to install Born Learning Trails throughout its six-county service region. Born Learning Trails encourage fun, physical activities designed to guide adult caregivers through constructive play with young children in outdoor settings: trails, parks or school yards.

Born Learning Trails consist of signs with instructions for simple games that turn an excursion to the park into a fun learning experience. With the theme Watch! Stop! Learn! Play!, Born Learning Trails encourage adults to follow a child’s lead, building curiosity and confidence, while reinforcing the learning already underway.

Sounds awesome – how do I learn more?
If your business or organization would like to partner with Great Rivers United Way to bring a Born Learning Trail to Buffalo, Houston, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, or Vernon counties, please contact Adrianne Olson at (608) 796-1400 or aolson@gruw.org for more information, including cost.

In addition to outdoor trails, we are currently seeking a sponsor(s) for indoor signage to be displayed at numerous community and United Way events throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity for prominent exposure and support of early learning.

Born Learning Trail Collage

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