20th Anniversary NLI Design Institute

Re-Naturing Urban Childhood: Towards a Healthy, Sustainable Culture

Re-Naturing increases biodiversity and supports positive human development: it broadens the diversity of children’s play and learning experiences, contributes to positive physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, boosts human immune systems, calms and de-stresses, exposes children to living ecosystems and stimulates their curiosity to explore the wonders of nature early in life.


To be announced.


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

Cam Collyer, MA – Executive Lead, Children, Nature, Schoolgrounds, Evergreen, Toronto, Canada

Nilda Cosco, PhD – Associate Research Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Programs, NLI, NC State University

Roger Hart, PhD – Professor, Director Children’s Environments Research Group (CERG), City University of New York

Isami Kinoshita, PhD – Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba University, Japan

Karla Leonhardt-Zacharias – Cultural Pedagogue, PA/Speilkultur, Munich, Germany.

Robin Moore, MCP, HonASLA – Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director, NLI, NC State University


Cari Browning, MA – Physical Activity Coordinator, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, Texas Department of State Health Services, TX

Linda Kinney, MA – kidZone/Playful Pedagogy, Conservation Education and Science, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC

Charles Klein, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX.

Michele Kloda, MS – Director of Learning Environments, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC.

Joanna Lelekacs, MLA, PLA – Director of Education, North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

Sarah Konradi, PLA – Program Director, Early Childhood Health Outdoors ECHO, National Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mountain Regional Center, Denver, CO.

Misty Pearson, M Ed – Early Care and Education Consultant, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention
Department of Health & Environmental Control, SC

Charles Yelton, MS – Regional Network Chief, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC

May 14-15, 2020

General Registration: $275

Early Childhood Educator/Students: $195

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more. Please contact Laura Lloyd at ljlloyd@ncsu.edu for more information.
A limited number of scholarships are available for educators, professionals working with children and families, and students. If in need of assistance, complete the scholarship request form. Completing this form does not guarantee a scholarship.


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