A newly installed Born Learning Trail at Oxnard’s Del Sol Park provides early learning for young children during an everyday trip to the park
Kids in Oxnard can now hop, skip and jump their way through a newly installed Born Learning Trail at Oxnard’s Del Sol Park, thanks to Aera Energy’s continuing support of the United Way of Ventura County.
The trail makes a quick trip to the park, a fun learning experience for young children and their parents or caregivers. It was installed in March by volunteers with the Oxnard City Corps and features 10 colorful stations with signs that promote language and literacy skills, in both English and Spanish. Children can learn about colors, numbers, shapes and do fun activities that keep them moving. This is one of two interactive trails made possible by a 2020 donation from Aera Energy to the United Way of Ventura County.
“The opening of the Born Learning Trail at Del Sol Park came at a great time as things are just reopening after the pandemic,” said Mitchel Sloan, vice president of resource development and marketing, United Way of Ventura County. “Families have been stuck at home for such a long time. This trail is family focused, encourages early learning and has fun, physical activities to get families outdoors and moving.”
The trail at Del Sol Park is the seventh learning trail for Ventura County parks. Sloan said most trails are installed at parks near schools, and in communities where parks are easily accessible on foot.
“This was already a busy park during normal times, and now with Aera’s support there’s even more for families with young children to enjoy. Folks are trying to get back to their normal daily activities after getting through the challenges presented this past year. They’re excited to have something new to do, and it helps our youth get ready for school next fall. This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Sloan said.