Longview prepares debut of ‘learning trails’ at city parks

Parks aren’t just for play. They’re for learning as well. At least that’s what the United Way thinks, and the City of Longview agrees.
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 11:43 AM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Parks aren’t just for play. They’re for learning as well.

At least, that’s what the United Way thinks, and the City of Longview agrees. Greater Longview United Way Executive Director Evan Dolive has teamed with Longview Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Caron to place signs that will be posted along the trail at Lois Jackson Park in Longview. The signs are geared towards learning about nature for Pre-K children.

“Each sign, there’s ten of them, will have a different activity for a caregiver to do with their children. And so, they could be anything from looking at nature to find different colors, counting leaves, finding things that begin with the different letter of the alphabet...just engage learning to say that learning doesn’t just take place in a classroom. It could be anywhere, even at a park,” said Dolive.

The program is called Born Learning Trails and will be posted in the next few weeks. It’s part of a national United Way program. They are providing the signs. The cost is split between the city and United Way, but they are looking for sponsors to pay for placing them in more parks.

KLTVs Jamey Boyum talks with Greater Longview United Way Executive Director Evan Dolive and Longview Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Caron about educational signs going up in coming weeks in a Longview park.