Nature Play and Learning Places
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Turning the Classroom Inside Out

Monsur articleNLI’s Muntazar Monsur’s dissertation research recognized in the Fall 2014 issue of NC State's ResultsClick to download the complete story.

Equipment Grants to Increase Physical Activity for Young Children Awarded

The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University, partnered with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to provide almost $100,000 in Healthy Living Equipment Grants to 19 institutions (14 local Partnership for Children / Smart Start recipients and five community colleges).

Equipment grants will be used to increase physical activity of young children by improving childcare outdoor play and learning areas — for example, adding wheeled toy pathways, stepping stones, gardening opportunities, fruit trees, gathering areas, and shade structures. Projects in community colleges will serve also as demonstration sites for training future teachers on outdoor learning.

Contact NLI for a Word version of full press release below.


Growing IN Place Symposium 2015

9:00am - 4:30pm

Growing IN PlaceCEU Credit Available through NCBOLA and NC State McKimmon Center

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.

POD3 Regional Symposium: Triangle

9:00am - 4:00pm

The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University is offering a one-day symposium, Outdoor Learning Environment Design in Early Childcareto early childhood professionals within and close to The Triangle region of North Carolina.