What is Born Learning?
United Way Born Learning is an initiative that gives parents and caregivers the tools, resources and opportunities they need to make the most of their children’s early years. Found in nearly 1,000 communities worldwide, Born Learning Trails support language, literacy and social skills development, and remind us that learning can be fun!
Visit Born Learning Trails
Born Learning Trail - Three Links Park
In May 2021, United Way of Olmsted County and Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union collaborated to reinstall a Born Learning Trail along the Silver Creek bike path near Three Links Park and Silver Lake Pool (at approximately 840 7th St. NE, Rochester). It contains 10 interactive signs in English, Spanish, and Somali with activities to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience. All are welcome!
After a challenging 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers from United Way of Olmsted County and Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union came together to update local Born Learning Trail signage and artwork.
Watch the KTTC news feature: "Born learning trail makes everyday moments into learning opportunities".
Watch the Facebook Live of the Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting provided by Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
Born Learning Trail - River Center Plaza
In early 2000s, United Way of Olmsted County installed Rochester's very first Born Learning Trail near River Center Plaza (at approximately 1611 N Broadway Ave., Rochester). This trail contains 10 interactive signs in English with activities to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience. In the future, United Way will be seeking a corporate partner to sponsor the revitalization of this trail! Reach out to Amy for more details.
Is your organization interested in giving back?
Corporate Engagement is a great way to engage your employees in the work of United Way through volunteering. Contact Amy Wilfahrt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-535-5502 to champion a Corporate Engagement activity that aligns with your organization’s mission and social responsibility goals.