14th Annual Design Institute

Date: 
Thursday, 22 September 2016 - Friday, 23 September 2016

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.

Located where children and families are, naturalized spaces support play, learning, safe risk-taking, relaxation, socialization, and health.

Creation of naturalized spaces cannot wait! The multidisciplinary 2016 NLI Design Institute is a call to action to make experiences with nature an everyday reality for all children.


NC Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607

September 22-23, 2016
9:00-4:30

Registration Fee:
General Registration: $275
Students, Early Childhood Professionals, Extension Agents, Master Gardeners, NC teachers and employees of the State of North Carolina, and Parks and Recreation Professionals: $195

Group discounts are available for 5 or more participants: Please contact us for more information at naturalearning@ncsu.edu or 919-515-8345.

Registration fee includes: two day Institute with presentations, discussions, interactive outdoor activities, continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.


Early Childhood and Landscape Architecture CEU's are available to eligible participants.
NC Board of Landscape Architecture course #11722

Children participate in a forest activity during NLI's Nature Play Corps internship pilot.

Confirmed Speakers

Scaling Up For Impact: Grass Roots School Community Examples
Cam Collyer,
Program Director, Children and Executive Director, Programs, Evergreen, Toronto, Canada

Importance of a Statewide Strategy to Foster Children's Contact with Nature
Kevin Cherry,
PhD, Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and Director, Office of Archives, History and Parks, Raleigh, NC

Nilda Cosco, PhD, Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Amazonian and Urban Children Relationship with Nature
Laís Fleury
, Director, Alana Institute in Rio de Janeiro and Coordinator, Criança e Natureza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Montessori Development Education: Guided by Nature
David Kahn
, Executive Director, North American Montessori Teachers' Association, Cleveland, OH

Can Buildings Support Children's Contact with Nature?
Michael Lindstrom,
M.Arch., AIA, LEED AP, Principal, studioMLA Architects / Michael Lindstrom Associates Architects, Brookline, MA

Robin Moore, MCP, Dipl.Arch, Hon. ASLA, Director, Natural Learning Initiative and Professor of Landscape Architecture, College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Eat.Grow.Move.Live
Glenn Murphy,
MS, Author and Writer of critcally acclaimed children's science books such as Why is Snot Green?; Founder and Chief Instructor, NCSystema, Chapel Hill, NC

Everyday Uncertainties: Reframing Perceptions of Risk in Children's Outdoor Play
Anita Nelson Niehues
, PhD, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC

Learning playfully: Designing for science in fun-filled settings
Jim Phillips
, RLA, Director of Outdoor Environments, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC

We appreciate the support of our sponsors: