WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --     United Way of Southwest Minnesota, the City of Walnut Grove and the Walnut Grove Lions Club are excited to bring a United Way Born Learning Trail to Walnut Grove to help parents and caregivers support early education and active learning for young children. The Born Learning Trail is a fun, easy way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to use our outside environment to help teach children the skills that are necessary for their success in school. The series of 10 signs are designed to help adults interact with children to boost language and literacy development and also support early learning in everyday moments.

    The Born Learning Trail was installed at City Park in Walnut Grove on Monday, June 26. Volunteers from the Walnut Grove Lions Club and the Westbrook Walnut Grove One Nation Club assisted United Way of Southwest Minnesota with the trail install and painting. The trail is located along the sidewalk that runs through the middle of the park near the playground equipment and tennis court. This is an ideal location as it is an area that is already well used by children and families and it enhances the play space at the park. Education and Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Warner shared, “The trail is a great addition to City Park. We are grateful for the volunteers from the Walnut Grove Lions Club and the Westbrook Walnut Grove One Nation Club. The trail would not be possible without all the support from the community.”

    The Born Learning Trail is now open for use by area children and families. The public is invited to a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the trail. For more information, contact United Way of Southwest Minnesota at 507-929-2273 or log onto www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.