10th Annual Natural Learning Design Institute

Date: 
Thursday, 11 October 2012 - Friday, 12 October 2012

As we increase nature in children’s outdoor environments, a myriad of creatures are attracted to these restored ecosystems. While many people enjoy plants, flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables, others wonder what to do with all of the uninvited bugs and other small creatures that suddenly appear in these rich environments! Have we lost the understanding that the living environment includes animals as well as humans?

This event has passed.  Click here to see information about the current Design Institute.

 

The 10th Annual Design Institute refreshed our memories, offered opportunities to learn about and celebrate human relationships with animals, helped us discover beneficial critters in our daily environment, and facilitated replicable hands-on, creative activities to engage children and caregivers with the animal kingdom.

Click here to see the Agenda

Day 1 Presentations

Day 1 -  The Design Institute Through the Years (Nilda Cosco) from NC State - College of Design.


Nilda Cosco,
PhD, Education Specialist, Natural Learning Initiative, The Design Institute Through the Years. 


 

Day 1 - The Wilderness of Children’s Daily Lives - (Rob Dunn) 

Rob Dunn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, NC State University, The Wilderness of Children’s Daily Lives.



 

Day 1 - The HIdden Life of Tree Canopies. (Margaret Lowman) 

Margaret Lowman, PhD., Director, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Research Professor, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NC State University The Hidden Life of Tree Canopies.

Day 2 Presentations


Day 2 - Finding Inspiration Among Feathers (John Connors) 

John Connors, MS, Coordinator of the Naturalist Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Finding Inspiration Among Feathers.

 


Day 2 - Wildlife in the Forest Kindergarten. (Inger Lerstrup) 

 

Inger Lerstrup, PhD Candidate, Design of Urban Woodland for Forest Kindergartens, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Wildlife in the Forest Kindergarten. 


Day 2Playing With Animals, Zoo Lessons for Childcare Settings (David Becker) 

 

David Becker, Senior Manager of Learning Experiences, Chicago Zoological Society, Playing With Animals, Zoo Lessons for Childcare Settings.


Day 2 - Creating Wildlife Gardens (Bryce Lane)

 

Bryce Lane, MS, Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University, Creating Wildlife Gardens. 

All video presented on Vimeo via NC State University College of Design


Speakers and Facilitators

David Becker, Senior Manager of Learning Experiences, Chicago Zoological Society, Playing With Animals, Zoo Lessons for Childcare Settings

John Connors, MS, Coordinator of the Naturalist Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Finding Inspiration Among Feathers.

Nilda Cosco, PhD, Education Specialist, Natural Learning Initiative, The Design Institute Through the Years

Rob Dunn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, NC State University, The Wilderness of Children’s Daily LIves

Inger Lerstrup, PhD Candidate, Design of Urban Woodland for Forest Kindergartens, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Wildlife in the Forest Kindergarten.

Bryce Lane, MS, Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University, Creating Wildlife Gardens.

Margaret Lowman, PhD., Director, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Research Professor, Physical and Mathmatical Sciences, NC State University The Hidden Life of Tree Canopies.

Robin Moore, Dipl.Arch; MCP, Hon.ASLA, Director, Natural Learning
Initiative, Design it Right and They Will Come.

Philip Waters, Play Project Coordinator, Eden Project; PhD Candidate,
European Centre for Environment and Human Health, The Worm that Turned

Participants from around the state of North Carolina, and across the country and globe, will have an opportunity to participate in hands on, outdoor sessions.

Registration is closed

Registration Fee: $250
Students & NC Early Childhood Professionals*: $150
Group rates available - contact Eli Valsing, 919-515-8345 for rates.
Registration fee includes: two-day Institute with presentations, discussions, interactive outdoor activities, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

The event location:
NC Botanical Garden,
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 962-0522 ‎ in the Reeves Auditorium, Building A.

Link to driving directions on the NC Botanical Garden website

Link to Google map for NC Botanical Garden

Accommodations:
Sheraton Chapel Hill One Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
(919) 968-4900
Map to Hotel

*NC Early Childhood Professionals include formal (childcare, schools, NC Pre-K, Headstart, etc.) and informal settings (including zoos, botanical gardens, community gardens, nature centers, aquariams, hospitals, parks and recreation, etc).

Click here to see information about previous Natural Learning Design Institutes

Special Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of the Design Institute.

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Design Institute 2012 Agenda 9_27_12 draft.pdf61.07 KB
Session Description Summary.pdf292.03 KB
Outdoor Sessions At a Glance 2012.pdf337.28 KB