15th Annual Design Institute

Thursday, 5 October 2017 - Friday, 6 October 2017

Outdoor activities have long been recognized for supporting learning across the curriculum and gardening acclaimed as a powerful motivator for improving children’s science competence. Hands-on outdoor work engages students in observing, exploring, experimenting, and discovering natural processes bringing a dynamic, motivational dimension to children’s learning.


NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607

October 5 & 6, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm


The 15th Annual Design Institute is presented in partnership with the College of Education, STEM Education Department, NC State University.

Registration Fee:
General Registration: $290
Students, Early Childhood Professionals, Extension Agents, Master Gardeners, NC Teachers, State of North Carolina 
Employees, and Parks & 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.

 Confirmed Speakers

The Reggio Emilia Approach to Outdoor Learning - Marcia Brooks, MID. Director and owner, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School, Durham, NC.

Science Learning and Daily Life - Nilda Cosco, PhD. Research Associate Professor, Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, NC State University.

The Joy of Science Learning Through Movement - Carlos Ferreira Neto, PhD. Professor of Human Motor Development, Coordinator of the Graduate Program on Child Development, College of Human Motor Skills, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.

The Natural World as a Resource for Learning and Development  - Cathy Jordan, PhD, LP. Research Director, Children & Nature Network (C&NN). Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota.

Design for Outdoor Science Learning - Robin Moore, MCP, ASLA Hon. Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director, Natural learning Initiative, North Carolina State University.

Digging into Gardening to Germinate Science Learning - Kathy Cabe Trundle, PhD. Department Head and Professor, STEM Education, College of Education, North Carolina State University.

I Have Questions Barry A. Van Deman. President & CEO, Museum of Life and Science.