Updates

John Rex Endowmnet Awards Three Healthy Weight Grants

The Natural Learning Initiative launches a new, three-year initiative in August, 2012, Preventing Obesity by Design in Wake County (POD-Wake), funded by the John Rex Endowment.

NLI and Randolph County Partnership for Children Offer OLE Workshop

Shape NC: Next Steps in Your Community, a full day, hands-on training event held, included more than 50 participants from across the region, visits to four childcare centers in Randolph County that have recently developed their outdoor learning environments, and a workshop presented by the Natural Learning Initiative, Adding Value to Early Childhood Outdoor Play and Learning Environments: Top Ten Activity Settings. This workshop looked at how activity settings add value to the outdoor play and learning environments by supporting specific play and learning activities.

The Nature Principle - A Field Guide to the New Nature Movement

This web resource from Rich Louv offers a sampling of over seventy-five organizations and opportunities for working towards the common goal of keeping nature alive in our culture and our lives. Opportunities and inspiraiton can be found in this list. NLI is included under Creatiing Restorative Neighborhoods and Cities.

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.

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