Community members and media are invited to the ribbon cutting of Greater Mankato Area United Way’s new “Born Learning Trail” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26 at Waseca’s Northeast Park.


The Born Learning trail features 10 signs and painted sidewalk graphics offering simple, age-appropriate activities to help parents or caregivers engage with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience.


Signs give guardians tips about talking with their child or letting the child lead the way as they spend time together outside, building the child’s curiosity and confidence. One sign instructs, “Pretend to move like an animal! Walk like a duck or jump like a frog.” Another sign asks, “Is your child pointing at something? Ask, ‘What do you see?’”


“The idea is to turn everyday moments into learning moments,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “We hope the Born Learning Trail becomes a valuable community resource for early childhood learning.”


The Born Learning Trail is made possible through a partnership with Greater Mankato Area United Way, Thrivent and the City of Waseca.


Communities interested in a Born Learning Trail can contact Greater Mankato Area United Way.


What:             Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting in Waseca

When:             11 a.m. | Wednesday, May 26


Where:           Northeast Park

200 26th Ave. NE | Waseca, MN


Who:               Greater Mankato Area United Way; Thrivent; City of Waseca; community members

Why:               The first years of a child’s life are crucial in establishing a solid foundation for learning. A child’s everyday experiences and parent/caregiver interactions have a significant effect on their early childhood development.