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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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).
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.