20th Anniversary NLI Design Institute

Re-Naturing Urban Childhood: Making Friends with Planet Earth

The Natural Learning Initiative is celebrating a long-awaited 20th Anniversary Design Institute in collaboration with longtime colleagues who have inspired our work over so many years! The virtual event will include presentations from international and national thought leaders in the field of community play, the beneficial impact of nature on child development, and new cultural challenges affecting life on the planet.


Cam Collyer – Principal of People and Place Consulting and Senior Advisor, Evergreen, Toronto, Canada

Cheryl Charles, PhD – Co-founder and CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network

Isami Kinoshita, PhD – Professor, Otsuma Women’s University; Professor Emeritus, Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba University, Tokyo, Japan

Karla Leonhardt-Zacharias & Kati Landsiedel – Cultural Pedagogue, PA/SPIELkultur e.V., Munich, Germany

Louise Chawla, PhD – Professor Emerita, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder

Marilena Flores Martins & Janine Dodge – International Play Association Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Robin Moore – Dipl.Arch; MCP, Hon. ASLA, Director, NLI

Nilda Cosco, PhD – Director of Programs, NLI

March 25-26, 2021