Shape NC and POD at the Smart Start Conference

The 2012 National Smart Start Conference

The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC will host the Smart Start Confernece April  30 through May 3. Two Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) projects will be represented.

Rocking Earth Day Rock Decorating Contest

Rocking Earth Day

NC Triangle area families and Bright Horizons childcare centers are participating in this rock decorating contest to celebrate Earth Day 2012.

Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco visit Sweden

March 25-29, 2012: Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco collaborate with the Swedish University of Agricultural Researchin Uppsala, visiting state-of-the-art outdoor children's environments, presenting the Shape NC model to Urban Design for Children and Youth students, and participating in a research seminar for children's outdoor environments. In addition Robin Moore will serve on a research proposal review committee for FORMAS, the Swedish Research council.

Chastain Park Play Design

A new NLI project is under way in Atlanta Georgia, at Chastain Park. We will work with Play Chastain, a project of Cynthia Gentry and the Play Atlanta, the Chastain Park Conservancy, Bill Caldwell of Harrison Design Associates, and the entire Chastain Park community to develop a natural play and learning area in the Park. 

Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco Awarded Inaugaral NCCAN! Natural Initiatives Award

March 12, 2012 – BROWNS SUMMIT, NC – Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco were honored as the inaugural recipients of the NCCAN! Natural Initiatives Award during the 5th Annual North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!) Conference.

Dig In Community Gardening Workshop will take place Saturday March 10th

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) held their third annual Dig In event Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. This event featured the down and dirty on how to build, maintain, and sustain community gardens in the Triangle!

NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Childhood Obesity

Robin Moore is a member of the Community and Environment Group for the NC Insititute of Medicine Task Force on Childhood Obesity and presented to the group on the Outdoor Learning Environment at the January 20th meeting in Morrisville, NC. See his presentation here. The focus of the task force is to find solutions for and eliminate barriers to healthy lifestyle solutions for children birth to age 5 and their families, solutions that lead to good physical and nutritional health. Shape NC and NC Partnership for Children presented at the same session. Full January 20th meeting information available here.

Shape NC Year Two Design Workshop and Training

Shape NC is a three-year, NLI comprehensive project. January 19/20, 2012, NLI conducted the Year Two Design Workshop at the College of Design, NC State University, with nearly forty representatives of ten Model Early Learning Centers (MELCs) from across North Carolina. The NLI team of landscape designers worked with each center to create a design program and conceptual site design for their Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE).

NC Children and Nature Coalition - Call for Presentators

NC Children and Nature Coalition's annual conference Call For Presentations is still open through January 31st. The conference will be held at the Haw River State Park on March 12.

Coming Together...Growing Stronger

Explore these topic areas at the 5th Annual NCCAN Conference :  Education, Outdoor Recreation, Health, Built Environments, Family and Youth Involvement

ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo San Diego, CA

Robin Moore participated as a featured speaker in Designing Community Recreation Spaces for Health and Well Being: Applying the Research Evidence, an education session offered by the ASLA October 30, 2011.  Jack Nasar of Ohio State Univrsity, Lois Brink of the University of Colorado, Philip Troped of Purdue University joined Robin to share the current scientific evidence supporting healthy-lifestyle landscape design.

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