Growing IN Place 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018


11th Annual

Growing IN Place Symposium

Greening Urban Childhood by Design


March 16, 2018, 9:00-4:30

Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Raleigh, NC, USA


Theme:  Greening Urban Childhood by Design

    •       Applying biophilic design to restore biodiversity to cities.
    •       Engaging children and families in urban ecosystems.
    •       Designing green/blue infrastructure. 
    •       Managing urban habitats to maximize play and learning opportunities. 
    •       Ensuring culturally equitable nature experiences.


Attendees: Public/private sector practitioners, landscape architects, architects, planners, parks and recreation professionals, teachers and environmental educators, citizen activists, and elected officials – and all professions that work to create urban environments in support of healthy human development. 

Growing In Place is worth 6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

Symposium Organizer

Robin Moore, Dipl.Arch, MCP, Hon.ASLA; Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State University. Introduction: Nature, childhood, and urban design.

Speakers & Provisional Titles

Stephen Bentley, Assistant Director, City of Raleigh, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept. Creating a Big Urban Park: Strategies for long-term success.


Kofi Boone, MLA, ALSA; Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State University. Design for bio-social diversity: Inclusive community processes and outcomes.


Nilda Cosco, PhD, ASLA; Research Associate Professor, Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, NC State University. Nature: Children’s constant, reliable friend.


Kevin Coyle, JD; VP, Education and Training, National Wildlife Federation. Creating a conservation ethic for the Anthropocene Age: Turning 74 million kids on to nature!


Karen Firehock, BS, MCP, Executive Director and co-founder, Green Infrastructure Center; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia. Green Infrastructure Planning: Engaging Children, Youth, and Families.


Daniel Iacofano, PhD, FAICP, FASLA; CEO, MIG. Engaging communities in urban greening: Innovative planning, design, and management policies.


Chris Moorman, PhD, Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State University. Conserving, creating, and managing urban habitats in today’s world.


Deadline to Register: Tuesday, March 6th


Registration Fee:

General Registration: $150
Student Registration: $40 

Growing In Place is worth 6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).


We appreciate the support of our partners and sponsors:




Note: Back-to-back with the College of Design Urban Design Conference


Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Raleigh, NC, USA