Nature Play and Learning Places


Healthy Active Communities Physical Activity Equipment Grants

The BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of North Carolina, in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative, has opened the 2014 Physical Activity Equipment Grant cycle. 

These equipment-only grants focus on increasing physical activity in the child care setting through the development or expansion of outdoor learning environments.

Visit the BCBSNC website for grant requirements and timeline.

Application deadline: October 7, 2014 5pm.

Pathways for Play Executive Summary

Pathways for play thumbnail This executive summary to the Pathways for Play: Best Practice Guidelines offers an indepth summary of the publication. 


12th Annual Design Institute

Design for Nature Play and Learning Places

Join us at the 12th Annual Design Institute where we will focus on how to promote physical health and well being for children and families by providing opportunities to connect with nature through play. Evidence based design and management approaches to bring nature into children’s lives and increase their time outside will be explored at this event.  Read More

POD3 Western Regional Sympoisum

The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University is offering a one-day symposium, Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learningto early childhood professionals within and close to Buncombe and Haywood Counties.

We will explore ideas on how to design, plan, and manage the outdoor environment for early childhood through plenary presentations and hands-on sessions.