Report from the Washington Daily News

The Natural Learning Initiative is partnering with the Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for Children, with support from the KB Reynolds Foundation, to bring the Preventing Obesity by Design POD3 model to their region. The community meeting at Care-O-World in Washington, NC, was a great success, with more than 100 people in attendance and some innovative poster displays. This report for the Washington Daily News on June 6, 2013, has all the details.

Nature Play and Learning Places Registry

Call for Participation -  To register, click here.

Nature Play and Learning Places Guidelines is a joint project between NLI and the National Wildlife Federation, with the support of national partners. These national guidelines provide an overview design and management for nature areas in children’s outdoor play and learning environments. 

NC Children and Nature (NCCAN!) Conference - Thursday, March 7

The 6th Annual North Carolina Children and Nature (NCCAN!) Conference will be held in Gastonia, NC at the Schiele Museum of Natural History on March 7, 2013. This year's conference will be connected with the NC Environmental Education Centers Conference. This event will provide an opportunity for networking with professionals from across the state and country and to learn more about the children and nature movement through a new Open Space Technology conference format, and also hiking in the outdoors.

For more information follow this link.

Inter-Institutional Design Charrette - Preventing Obesity by Design (POD-3)

The Natural Learning Initiative hosted the first ever Inter-Institutional Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) Design Charrette on January 30, 2013.  This historic event included 29 landscape architecture and horticulture students from three institutions of higher education—NC State University (8 students), NC A&T (10 students) and Alamance Community College (11 students).  A studio instructor also represented each program—Anna Reaves (NC A&T), Carol Kawula (Alamance CC), and Andy Fox (NC State). Read more.

Preventing Obesity by Design in Wake County (POD-Wake) 2012 Workshop

December 12th and 13th, 2012 marked the first POD-Wake design workshop as part of the three-year initiative launched August, 2012, Preventing Obesity by Design in Wake County (POD-Wake). 

Nature Play at Home Released

Nature Play At Home: A Guide for Boosting Children's Healthy Development and Creativity

Developed by the National Wildlife Federation and NLI, this guide is an tool for creating enticing outdoor play spaces in your backyard, patio, or balcony.

Playing Out: Space for Play

 N.C. Zoo’s Playful Pedagogy in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative is offering a professional development opportunity for individuals working in children’s outdoor learning and play environments. Playing Out: Space for Play is a two day training course, November 1 and 2, 2012, at the NC Zoo, Asheboro, NC.

Opening of the Arlitt PlayScape at the Arlitt Child and Family Education and Research Center.

Video footage opens with Robin Moore, Director of NLI, and Rachel Robinson, Landscape Architect for Arlitt PlayScape, cutting the ribbon with Arlitt kids.

See more about this NLI project here.

Robin Moore Elected for Honorary ASLA Membership

The Amerian Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Elected Robin Moore, NLI Director, along with 4 other recipeints, as Honorary Members.

Since 1899, 158 Honorary members have been named. The recipients are chosen based on their commitment to education, activism, and the landscape architecture profession. On October 1st, 2012, an award ceremony will be held in Pheonix at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo.

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