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.



Speaker video presentations are in the order that their presentations were given.

Robin Moore

Dipl.Arch; MCP, Hon. ASLA, Director, NLI

Karla Leonhardt-Zacharias

Cultural Pedagogue, PA/SPIELkultur e.V., Munich, Germany

Kati Landsiedel

Environmental Educator, PA/SPIELkultur e.V., Munich, Germany

Marilena Flores Martins

Founder and Former President of International Play Association Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Janine Dodge

Director of International Play Association Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Isami Kinoshita, PhD

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

Cheryl Charles, PhD

Co-founder and CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network

Cam Collyer

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

Louise Chawla, PhD

Professor Emerita, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder