Pratt Nature Center offers 'learning' trail

The Pratt Nature Center in New Milford is introducing a new trail, a United Way Born Learning Trail.

This particular type of trail offers outdoor learning games to build pre-literacy skills critical to school readiness, and are being installed at parks, museums, libraries and corporate campuses country wide.

The new trail is the product of a partnership among the United Way, the Pratt Nature Center and Boehringer-Ingelheim.

"Young children learn best when they are having fun. This trail incorporates healthy living, fun games, and learning that the whole family can enjoy," said Rachel O'Leary, early childhood coordinator for UWWC.

More than 20 Boehringer-Ingelheim employees donated an entire day to install the trail at the center on Papermill Road.

The trail includes more than 10 permanent trail signs that prompt activity and discussion for hikers.

The Born Learning trail is part of a larger United Way public engagement campaign, which consists of informational materials and an online resource site designed to provide families with information about how to turn everyday activities, from running errands to doing laundry, into learning opportunities for young children.

The campaign is built on the idea that children are born learning and even the smallest interactions with parents, grandparents and caregivers can encourage their development and school readiness.