Autumn Leaves for Play and Learning

The changing color of the autumn leaves is a great opportunity for exploring science, art and literacy with young children. Here are some great ideas!


Sir Walter Raleigh Award – Public Service

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center, participant of the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) project, along with instructors Carla Delcambre, PLA (Landscape Architecture), Julieta Sherk, PLA (Horticultural Sciences), and their students are the recipients of a Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance in the Public Service category. These awards recognize new contributions to the aesthetics, character, and environmental appearance of the City of Raleigh. The Public Service category is given to groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale to an environment within Raleigh.

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Preventing Obesity by Design Expands to South Carolina and Texas

POD South Carolina was launched in 2015 in partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Now in the second year, the original five demonstration sites in Florence, SC were expanded in 2016 to include five additional sites in Spartanburg County. 

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Growing IN Place 2017

Save the Date: Friday March 17, 2017


Children and youth account for a quarter of the U.S. population. Up to a third live in metro areas. How can urban design expose and restore urban nature so children and youth engage with compelling, equitable places for creative play and learning? How can nonformal education in nature enrich playful learning in the arts and sciences?  If learning no longer happens solely in school classrooms, can urban design and programming become an educational resource? How can cities be designed and managed to offer natural learning environments close at hand, to inspire young people to acquire an urban nature ethic? 

14th Annual Design Institute

Nature Every Day! Creating naturalized spaces for all children

September 22-23, 2016
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Growing up in close contact with nature, in lush, ever-changing, enticing spaces that motivate exploration and discovery, is critical to the wellbeing of children and planet.