Calling All Nature Explorers

United Way of Southwest Minnesota launched our new summer reading program, Wild About Reading: Meet at the Trail earlier this month. This newly redesigned program is the result of the data and feedback taken from our education impact survey sent to parents and child care providers earlier this spring.  The program promotes literacy development while incorporating movement and hands on learning opportunities for children.  The activities include:  interactive stories, an exercise card activity, Born Learning Trail exploring, scavenger hunt, pool noodle obstacle course, activity dice and a life size memory game.

The tour has already stopped in Walnut Grove, Marshall, Granite Falls and Lake Wilson. We still have several stops left throughout the month of July. Please make plans to join us from 9:30am to 10:30am on the following dates and locations:   Lake Park in Cottonwood (July 11th), Veteran’s Memorial Park in Hendricks (July 12th), City Park in Currie (July 18th), Veteran’s Park in Dawson (July 25th) and East Bay Park in Balaton (July 26th). Fulda was rained out earlier this month and we are still working out a potential reschedule. All programs this year have been held at permanent Born Learning Trail sites or future sites.

Parents, caregivers and child care providers are encouraged to bring their preschool or young children to the Trail nearest to them and enjoy the fun. Child care providers who attend with the children in their care will receive a bag of books for their daycare. Other children in attendance will receive a free book.   Programming is free and brought to you by the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.  Activities will be geared toward pre-school age learners, but all ages are welcome.

For more information, call 507-929-2273 or log onto

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties of Minnesota.