Looking for a fun way to enjoy our state’s great fall weather with your child? Born Learning Trails are a great way to get some fresh air while at the same time learning important school readiness skills.
Born Learning Trails are part of the United Way’s Born Learning campaign, a public engagement initiative to help parents, relatives and caregivers turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children.
Born Learning Trails are available in 12 South Carolina counties and continue to increase in number. In several counties, the local First Steps partnership has been an active partner with the United Way in establishing Born Learning Trails, including Aiken First Steps, Darlington First Steps, Greenville First Steps, Oconee First Steps, Pickens First Steps, and Union First Steps. Many other community partners assist in installing and maintaining Born Learning Trails, including Rotary Clubs, local schools, child care centers, libraries, and parks and recreation agencies.
Each Born Learning Trail features 10 fun outdoor games on engaging signs that adults and children can do together to promote early learning.
How you can find a Born Learning Trail (BLT) in your area:
Upstate counties (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union) have a great resource in bornlearningUpstateSC, a partnership of upstate United Ways that includes a map of all 40 upstate Born Learning Trails, by county. Through a partnership with Subway, each upstate BLT has a sign with a scannable QR code to receive a Subway coupon.
Two additional BLTs are going to be created in Pickens County in 2017 in conjunction with the Week of the Young Child, April 24-28. To learn how you can become involved, contact Pickens County First Steps.
In Aiken County, the Born Learning Trail is located at Freedman Parenting Center in Graniteville thanks to United Way of Aiken County and other local partners.
In Darlington County, there are two Born Learning Trails. The first BLT opened in 2014 at Byerly Park on Russell Road in Hartsville, a partnership of the United Way of Hartsville, Duke Energy, City of Hartsville and Darlington First Steps. The second trail just opened at Pride Park on South 6th Street in Hartsville.
To help plan a Born Learning Trail in your community, contact your local United Way agency.