Born Learning Trail at Kidsville

Born Learning Trail

On Thursday, June 16, 2016 United Way of Coastal Carolina held a ribbon cutting at the Born Learning Trail at Kidsville. This is the first Born Learning Trail installed in Craven County.

Pictured from left to right are: Vice President BB&T New Bern Katie Giles, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw, New Bern Parks & Recreation Director Thurman Hardison, and UWCC Executive Director Sandra Phelps.

The United Way of Coastal Carolina in conjunction with New Bern Parks & Recreation, BB&T Lighthouse Project, and through the generosity of Ken & Dru Wilkins installed the areas first Born Learning Trail at Kidsville located at West New Bern Recreation Center. The United Way of Coastal Carolina’s 2016 Day of Action included installing the early childhood education signage, woodwork improvements and new landscaping around the park.

Born Learning is about lasting community change: changing the minds of opinion leaders and elected officials, changing programs, policies or budgets to strengthen support for early learning and changing early childhood systems. Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

United Way of Coastal Carolina encourages the community to check out the Born Learning program at Kidsville!

The United Way of Coastal Carolina had its beginnings in the Coastal Carolina area in 1957. What started as just a fundraising organization many years ago, has developed into an organization focused on measurable, long-lasting results focused on the local community’s most compelling needs. Education, Income and Health are the three major areas of focus. Currently there are 19 funded programs serving individuals in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. Funds are raised locally to fund local programs. For more information visit

Submitted by: Tate Johnson, Resource Development & Marketing Coordinator, United Way of Coastal Carolina, Inc.