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 and Nature Grounds Executive Summaries Now Available for Download

Pathways for play thumbnail This executive summary to the Pathways for Play: Best Practice Guidelines offers an indepth summary of this 2010 publication for planning pathways.

The full book is available by request at the Pathways For Play Website.



Naturegrounds thumbnailNatureGrounds: Putting Nature into Play exeuctive summary provides an overview of this guide to designing and retrofitting play equipment with the natural landscape.

The full publication is available at the NatureGrounds Website.


POD3 Randolph County Regional Symposium

9:00am - 4:00pm

The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University will offer a one-day symposium, Outdoor Learning Environment Design in Early Childcareto early childhood professionals within and close to Randolph County.

12th Annual Design Institute

Design for Nature Play and Learning Places

The 12th Annual Design Institute focused 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 was explored at this event.  Read More