News and Updates

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.

Pathways for Play and Nature Grounds Executive Summaries Now Available for Download

Pathways for play thumbnail This executive summary to the Pathways for Play: Best Practice Guidelines offers an indepth summary of this 2010 publication for planning pathways.

The full book is available by request at the Pathways For Play Website.



Naturegrounds thumbnailNatureGrounds: Putting Nature into Play executive summary provides an overview of this guide to designing and retrofitting play equipment with the natural landscape.

The full publication is available at the NatureGrounds Website.

Healthy Active Communities Physical Activity Equipment Grants

The BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of North Carolina, in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative, has opened the 2014 Physical Activity Equipment Grant cycle. 

These equipment-only grants focus on increasing physical activity in the child care setting through the development or expansion of outdoor learning environments.

Visit the BCBSNC website for grant requirements and timeline.

Application deadline: October 7, 2014 5pm.

Preventing Obesity by Design in the News

The Raleigh News and Observer reports on the NC Insitute of Medicine Preventing Obesity Task Force Summit, held March 19 in Raleigh, NC. Robin Moore represented NLI and the POD approach on the task force and A Safe Place, the POD-Wake site, is featured in this story.

Read the full story here.

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