Design Institute 2008: Design for Children IN Nature
The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) held it's 6th Annual Design Institute, Design for Children IN Nature, on August 7-9, 2008. The Institute was hosted by the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.
Presentations focused on the importance of contact with nature, design implications, and innovative solutions that helped participants take information and new skills back home to change their spaces.
Outdoor activities were held at Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which focused on hands-on Playwork training. Dr. Martin Maudsley, Leonie Labistour, and Daniel Rees-Jones (UK) helped us rediscover the magic of being in nature. As experts in playwork, they lead two sessions of hands-on play and reflection at Prairie Ridge.
Participants included landscape architects, designers, public health professionals, childcare providers, educators, extension agents, master gardeners, parks and recreation professionals, horticultural therapists, and others.
Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina