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
La Crosse, WI
RSM US LLP In honor of Chad and in the spirit of his park, RSM’s second Born Learning Trail features adaptive elements. We are very excited to enhance Born Learning for children and caregivers of all abilities!
Frank S. Andres Fireman’s Park
Tomah, WI
Toro, with special thanks to the Tomah Parks Department Fireman’s Park, which features a skate park and football fields, is the perfect home for a Born Learning Trail. If little kids get wiggly while watching older siblings play, take a short walk and have some age-appropriate fun!
Poage Park
La Crosse, WI
sparks!, with special thanks to volunteers from Kaplan Poage Park, on La Crosse’s south side, is the perfect location for a BLT. While older kids enjoy a play structure built for them, younger siblings can explore activities that help them develop and learn. When the weather allows, meet up at the splash pad!
Old Hickory Park
La Crescent, MN
La Crescent Rotary and Rotary Works Foundation, with special thanks to the City of La Crescent Old Hickory Park, nestled in a quiet neighborhood on La Crescent’s north side, features a well-maintained playground, large shelter, soccer fields, and now — a Born Learning Trail along the walking path that encircles the entire park.

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 seven-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, Crawford, Houston, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, or Vernon counties, please contact Adrianne Olson at (608) 796-1400, Ext. 106 or for more information, including cost.

Born Learning Trail featuring photos of volunteers installing a trail

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