On Thursday, July 10 The United Way of Southwest Minnesota teamed up with the City of Granite Falls, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Fagen Inc., Bursch Travel and The Sawmill to install a Born Learning Trail at Rice Park along the Minnesota River.
The trail, located on the sidewalk that borders Minnesota Avenue near the playground, is a place for children to experience an interactive learning environment with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers.
The trail features nine signs with activities designed to help adults interact with children. They improve language and literacy development, as well as encourage learning in a child’s everyday lifestyle. Letters, shapes, and hopscotch have been painted on the sidewalk alongside the signs to make the Born Learning Trail easy and fun for kids to use. There is also a Born Learning Trail in Cottonwood. This is is only the second trail to be put up, so Granite Falls was lucky to have been selected to get it.
Kristi Flaten of Bursch Travel said, “The trail provides kids with a  hands-on learning experience, but since they’re having fun they don’t always realize they’re learning. The trail may make kids view their surroundings differently, like suddenly seeing circles in nature when they hadn’t been looking before.”
So next time you take the kids out for a walk, take a new route and stop by the Born Learning Trail. It will be a fun new activity for the whole family.


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