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, anda 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.
This web resource from Rich Louvoffers 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.
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).