News and Updates

Keller Williams Workday at POD-Wake Demonstration Centers

Thursday, May 14, was the Keller Williams RED day, a day for all of their staff to offer service to the communities where they live in honor of the founder's birthday. This year Wake County Smart Start coordinated at least 80 volunteers who provided volunteer effort to all 8 POD-Wake Demonstration Childcare Centers. Natural Learning Initiative Staff joined the fun, helping to direct the planting of trees and shrubs and further renovations to the Outdoor Learning Environments at these sites. Learn more in this News and Observer article about the day.

Robin Moore's Biophilic Cities Webinar Series Presentation

View Robin Moore's presentation, Greening Urban Childhood, which was offered as part of the Fostering Connections with the Natural World Webinar series. The Biophilic Cities Project is out of the University of Virginia's School of Architecture and is focussed on the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities.

Growing IN Place Symposium Presentations Now Available

The 8th Annual Growing IN Place Symposium was held March 5, 2015 at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC.  This years theme, Green Neighborhood Assets: Streets, Houses, Schools, Parks, Food, addressed planning and design policies that support the need for an urban public realm designed to support culturally diverse, socially stimulating, healthy lifestyles. Visit the Growing IN Place page to access the recorded presentations from the event.

Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute (ECPAI)

This year's ECPAI will be held June 1 - 3 at the Mables Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. Join Be Active Kids and Dr. Diane Craft of Active Play Books in this physical activity training for childcare providers, preschool teachers, and others who interact with large gropus of young children on a regular basis. Registration opens April 15 and is limited to 15 participants. Find more informaiton here.

One Health: Intergenerational design strategies for engaging children with nature in cities

OPENspace, the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, hosts Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco for a public lecture, March 11, 2015. This free, public lecture, will offer intergenerational design strategies for engaging children with nature in cities. Robin Moore is the Geddes Visiting Fellow at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Robin Moore Offers Seminar at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Interdisciplinary, Evidence-Based Design Education: Reflecting on Decades of Human Use of the Urban Landscape, March 13, 2015, The University of Edinburgh School of Archtecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) . As the Geddes Visting Fellow at ESLA Robin Moore will share the class structure and methodology, and examples of student work from his Human Use of the Urban Landscape field research course at NC State Unviersity.

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.

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.

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