16th Annual NLI Design Institute

Celebrating Natural Environments for Children and Other Living Things!

Natural environments contain countless organisms that contribute to the health of the planet and it’s many inhabitants. We invite you to recover an appreciation for the great diversity of life that supports children’s health through their joyful engagement with nature.

Join us in celebrating the next “conservation generation” and the critical need for them to understand our dependency on the natural world. 


John Connors, retired Naturalist from North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; founding member, WakeNature Preserves Partnership. Open the Garden Gates and Let Them In.

Uli Hartmond, Ph.D. Director Butterfly House and Insectarium, Museum of Life and Sciences. What Butterflies Can Teach Us.

Nils Peterson, Ph.D. Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, North Carolina State University. Conservation Biology and Kids.

Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent – Chatham County, NC State University. The Wondrous World of Bees.

Adrian Smith, Ph.D. Head of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Research Assistant Professor in Biology, NC State University. Incredible and Under Our Feet: how insects can inspire our future.

Robin Moore, MCP, Dipl.Arch, Hon. ASLA, Director, Natural Learning Initiative and Professor of Landscape Architecture, College of Design, NC State University. Designing for Life: What’s the Problem?


Check out some of the burning questions asked to our Myth Buster Panel:

David Brown, Regional Environmental Health Specialist & Surveillance Coordinator, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Jeff Gaster, South Central Regional Manager, Child Development, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Lia Rucker, M.Ed. State Anchor, NC Rated License Assessment Project, Human Development and Family Studies, UNC Greensboro.


October 4-5, 2018


NC Museum of Art