Happy Valentine's Day!

Asarum shuttleworthii - Evergreen Wild Ginger

This plant, which is also known as mottled wild ginger, is native to moist woodlands in the Appalachian Mountains

Nature Play and Learning Places


6th Annual Dig IN March 7th.

Come Play in the Dirt and Learn! Dig In on March 7 in Raleigh

Kids love to play in the dirt, and they are learning while they play! On March 7, child care directors and their staff can “dig in” to learning about starting edible gardens and some fun and educational ideas about cooking activities with the garden harvest!

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) invites you to register  for its 6th Annual Dig In on Sat., March 7, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

NC State News Features NLI Equipment Grants

The Natural Learning Initiative is featured in this NC State News article focused on The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation's 2015 Equipment Grant recipients. This year the grants focus on naturalizing the outdoor learning environment to enhance physical activity, nutrition, and learning.


Mecklenburg Regional Symposium

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 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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

Growing IN Place Symposium 2015

 9:00am - 4:30pm

Growing IN PlaceProfessional CEU Credit Available

Green Neighborhood Assets: Streets, Houses, Schools, Parks, Food.

Families with children not wanting to move to low-density suburbs need neighborhoods and an urban public realm designed to support culturally diverse, socially stimulating, healthy lifestyles.