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Healthy Kids Community Activation Center - Born Learning Trail

A Born Learning Trail provides young children with an opportunity to get active, have fun and boost language and literacy skills. The "trail" features age-appropriate, simple-to-construct activities that can be set up outdoors or in.

Want to install a Born Learning Trail in your community?

How to Start ...

  • Partner up. Strengthen or build partnerships with people in your community who want to help young children. Cast a wide net to include childcare providers, health agencies, local businesses, universities and others.
  • Generate support. The Born Learning Trail toolkit contains materials and instructions to create a trail with 10 interactive stations. Local businesses and volunteers can support this "do-able" project that directly benefits young kids and their families by donating money, materials and time.
  • Select a site: Consider safety, accessibility and maintenance in choosing the location. Born Learning Trails have been constructed at parks, on museum grounds, in malls and many other places.
  • Build and promote the trail. With advance prep, building the trail takes 10 or 12 volunteers about a half-day. After it's done, make sure it gets used by more toddlers in your community by-
    • Hosting a ribbon-cutting or other special event
    • Staging other children's events near the trail, such as health fairs or backpack drives
    • Encouraging the media to do stories about the trail
    • Sharing updates on Facebook and other social media.

To Learn More ...

About how to construct the trail and about other early childhood initiatives at Born Learning

Share with Others ...

Have you been involved in building or promoting a Born Learning Trail? Tell us how you made it happen!