The Natural Learning Inititiative hosts multiple events every year.

15th Annual Design Institute

Growing IN Place 2017

Urban Nature by Design

Achieving environmental literacy though biophilic design, eco-restoration, and management of play and learning opportunities for children and youth in urban green infrastructure.



14th Annual Design Institute

Nature Every Day! Creating naturalized spaces for all children

September 22-23, 2016
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Growing up in close contact with nature, in lush, ever-changing, enticing spaces that motivate exploration and discovery, is critical to the wellbeing of children and planet.

Growing IN Place Symposium 2016

Urban Design for Children, Families, and Nature in the City

March 17, 2016

Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Urban Ecosystems by Design: Every Child Succeeds and Learns to Save the Planet

Speaker presentations now available for viewing

Growing IN Place qualifies for 6 CEU professional credits: NCBLA (course #11225), AIA, AICP

Streets For People

STREETS FOR PEOPLE designing streets for pedestrians and cars.

January 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the AIANC Center for Archtecture and Design in Raleigh

Free and Open to the Public

13th Annual Design Institute: The Whole Child in Nature

Designing and programming children's environments for play, learning, and well-being

Plenary session recordings now available.

Mecklenburg Regional Symposium

The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University offered a symposium, 
Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learningto early childhood and associated professionals within and close to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

We explored ideas on how to design, plan, and manage the outdoor environment for early childhood through plenary presentations and hands-on sessions. 

Event details:

  • Date and time: September 2, 5:00pm to 8:00pm and September 3, 10:00am to Noon, 2015

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