New Bern Mill installs local learning trail with United Way

Last revised: February 15, 2023

In 2022, International Paper's New Bern, N.C., Mill worked with the United Way to install the Born Learning Trail at West Craven Park, which is located two miles from the mill. Sponsored by the mill with the support of Craven County Parks and Recreation, the Born Learning Trail provides opportunities for learning and interaction for the children and families who use the park.

“International Paper is proud to continue investing in the growth of West Craven Park,” said Catherine Burgess, New Bern Mill communications coordinator. “Through the Born Learning Trail, children and caretakers will be able to enjoy the outdoors while learning and interacting with each other. The education of children, along with the health and wellness of community members remain priorities when investing in the communities where our employees live and work.”

Born Learning Trails are part of the United Way of Coastal Carolina’s initiative for early childhood education. The trail consists of a series of ten interactive signs, designed to develop the skills necessary for success in school. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are encouraged to engage with young children at each point along the trail to further skills in pre-reading, math, shapes, physical activity, listening and imagination, while having fun at the park.