Early Learning Trails

On the grounds of schools, libraries and parks throughout Lake County, you will find Early Learning Trails designed to develop children’s academic readiness and encourage active movement and play. The brightly painted paths marked by numbers, letters and shapes help children develop social, cognitive, and kinesthetic skills in a playful and safe space.

Additional Info

For more information, contact Bobbi Selvik at (847) 775-1022 or Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org.

United Way of Lake County leads corporate volunteer teams to create and revitalize Early Learning Trails. In 2019, Mrs. Gladys Rodriguez, the principal of Clark Elementary School in Waukegan, visited a group of volunteers to thank them for their efforts:

"Thanks to United Way of Lake County and dedicated volunteers, our young students can use our outdoor learning trails in a way that positively impacts their focus in the classroom. Outdoor learning trails let our young students hop or tip-toe through different learning spaces. Clark students have found these colorful, interactive pathways—which include brightly painted letters, numbers, and a map of the USA—as platforms that allow students to learn foundational skills while releasing stress and coping with different emotions." - Gladys Rodriguez, Principal Clark School

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