The 6th Annual North Carolina Children and Nature (NCCAN!) Conference will be held in Gastonia, NC at the Schiele Museum of Natural History on March 7, 2013. This year's conference will be connected with the NC Environmental Education Centers Conference. This event will provide an opportunity for networking with professionals from across the state and country and to learn more about the children and nature movement through a new Open Space Technology conference format, and also hiking in the outdoors.
The Natural Learning Initiative hosted the first ever Inter-Institutional Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) Design Charrette on January 30, 2013. This historic event included 29 landscape architecture and horticulture students from three institutions of higher education—NC State University (8 students), NC A&T (10 students) and Alamance Community College (11 students). A studio instructor also represented each program—Anna Reaves (NC A&T), Carol Kawula (Alamance CC), and Andy Fox (NC State). Read more.
N.C. Zoo’s Playful Pedagogy in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative is offering a professional development opportunity for individuals working in children’s outdoor learning and play environments. Playing Out: Space for Play is a two day training course, November 1 and 2, 2012, at the NC Zoo, Asheboro, NC.
Since 1899, 158 Honorary members have been named. The recipients are chosen based on their commitment to education, activism, and the landscape architecture profession. On October 1st, 2012, an award ceremony will be held in Pheonix at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo.
Shape NC: Next Steps in Your Community, a full day, hands-on training event held, included more than 50 participants from across the region, visits to four childcare centers in Randolph County that have recently developed their outdoor learning environments, anda workshop presented by the Natural Learning Initiative, Adding Value to Early Childhood Outdoor Play and Learning Environments: Top Ten Activity Settings. This workshop looked at how activity settings add value to the outdoor play and learning environments by supporting specific play and learning activities.