Right from birth, children are constantly learning, and what they learn during those years depends on the experiences they have each and every day. Developed by United Way Worldwide, Born Learning is an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children.
As a means to promote early learning opportunities, United Way Worldwide created the concept of a Born Learning Trail. The trail contains ten interactive signs for activities that adults can engage in with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience.
In the fall of 2010, Oberlin Filter Co. employees assisted United Way in Waukesha County and the City of Waukesha's Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Forestry with the installation of the first-ever Born Learning Trail in Waukesha County at Heyer Park (Waukesha). Since that first trail in 2010, we are proud to say that Waukesha County is now home to nine Born Learning Trails with even more in development.
Born Learning Trail Locations:
- Mukwonago’s Miniwaukan Park (sponsored by ProHealth Care)
- New Berlin’s ProHealth Care Park (sponsored by FedEx SmartPost)
- Oconomowoc’s Wood Creek Park (sponsored by Aurora Health Care)
- Pewaukee’s Nettesheim Park (sponsored by We Energies)
- Sussex’s Weyer Park (sponsored by PowerSports Network)
- Waukesha’s Heyer Park (sponsored by Oberlin Filter Company)
- Waukesha’s Cutler Park (sponsored by Waukesha Family Practice Center)
- Brookfield’s Wirth Park (sponsored by UPS - Wisconsin)
- Menomonee Fall's Oakwood Park (sponsored by GE Capital)
Oberlin Filter Co. employee and project lead Anne La Paz said of the experience, "Working on the Born Learning Trail was certainly a team effort. We were all pioneers to this new venture. Looking back, it was amazing to see how much effort and pride went into the planning and building of the trail. It gave us all satisfaction to know that we helped make Heyer Park an even more unique playground environment for young children to grow, learn and interact with their caregivers. I hope that this park will be an inspiration to other companies that decide to build a Born Learning Trail.”
United Way in Waukesha County is partnering with local parks, schools and organizations to bring Born Learning Trails to Waukesha County. With a goal of installing ten trails throughout the county over the next several years, United Way is looking for community partners to support the efforts.
Those interested in getting involved should contact Lori Hayes at (262) 409-2414.