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Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations

Michelle Dalbotten, the energetic director of a Northglenn child care center called Step by Step, doesn’t like her playground. Something about it just doesn’t work.

Recently, Dalbotten found a solution in the form of a new grant program called the ECHO initiative, which aims to reinvent more than 100 preschool and child care playgrounds across Colorado over the next few years. Think mud kitchens, looping tricycle trails, vegetable gardens, stages, shady reading nooks and dump truck construction zones.

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3 POD Wake Co. Demonstration Sites win Raleigh Environmental Awards in Urban Agriculture Category

Congratulations to 3 of our POD Wake County Demonstration Sites: A Kind Garden, A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center, and Pam’s School of Raleigh!! The City of Raleigh has presented them each with an Environmental Award in the Urban Agriculture category.

For more information: https://www.raleighnc.gov/environment/news/content/CorNews/Articles/2017EnvironmentalAwards.html

Proud to support Blue Cross NC as they bring TeamFNV to NC!

The Natural Learning Initiative is proud to support Blue Cross NC as they bring TeamFNV to NC! Excited to spread the love for fruits & veggies. Learn more at fnv.com/fnvnc

John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report

The John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report is a glimpse of the foundation’s impact on the Wake County community over the past 15 years. This impact includes supporting the NLI's Preventing Obesity by Design in Wake County (POD Wake Co.) program. The purpose of POD Wake Co. is to address the obesity epidemic in young children attending childcare by creating a multidisciplinary intervention to transform childcare outdoor learning environments (OLEs) into active, productive best practice demonstration sites

The John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report  can be found here: http://www.rexendowment.org/news/john-rex-endowment-2016-progress-report

Presentation at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil

                                 Mackenzie Presbyterian University

The Natural Learning Initiative's Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco are presenting on Designing for the Next Generation of Planetary Lifeguards at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil on November 28, 2016.

Sir Walter Raleigh Award – Public Service

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center, participant of the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) project, along with instructors Carla Delcambre, PLA (Landscape Architecture), Julieta Sherk, PLA (Horticultural Sciences), and their students are the recipients of a Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance in the Public Service category. These awards recognize new contributions to the aesthetics, character, and environmental appearance of the City of Raleigh. The Public Service category is given to groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale to an environment within Raleigh.

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What nature teaches children

For TEDxRaleigh 2016 Dr. Nilda Cosco talks about the opportunities the childcare setting offers to provide children with the many benefits of a daily connection with nature.

Preventing Obesity by Design Expands to South Carolina and Texas

POD South Carolina was launched in 2015 in partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Now in the second year, the original five demonstration sites in Florence, SC were expanded in 2016 to include five additional sites in Spartanburg County. 

Robin Moore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The NC State University Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management has honored Robin Moore with the 2016 Annual Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the parks, recreation, tourism, sport, or golf profession at the state, national, or international level. 

Places and Spaces for Children in Wake County

The John Rex Endowment has awarded $1.9 Million to transform community settings into vibrant places that support children's positive mental health. The Natural Learning Initiative will work together with the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy, the Lucy Daniels Center, Marbles Kids Museum, and Wake County Salvation Army's Project CATCH to select and renovate nine demonstration sites in Wake County. 

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