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.

The 2nd National Nature & Health Conference scheduled for November 7th & 8th in Copenhagen, Denmark

Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco present keynote topics at this two day conference focused on effect of nature on the health of children and adolescents. They will also both present papers. See the full schedule here. This international research conference is a pre-conference to the yearly European Public Health Conference November 10-12., arranged by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and taking place this year in Denmark.

Pathways for Play featured at the NRPA Congress and Exposition

Pathways for Play intentionally integrates play into shared use community pathways to provide opportunitites for "playing along the way", encouraging use by children and families. NLI, along with Playcore, American Trails, and the City of Atlanta Parks Department, explored the linear trail at the South Bend Park National Demonstration Site in Atlanta, GA at the NRPA Congress and Exposition.

Robin Moore Discusses Children's Outdoor Activity on the Rick & Donna Martinez Show

The recent publication of Park-Based Physical Activity Among Children and Adolescents in the American Journal of Preventative Mediciine prompted this interview on WPTF, Raleigh.  Questions about "Helicopter parenting" led to a discussing of how reducing the role of adult involvement in children's outdoor, free play experiences provides for higher levels of physical activity and higher collaborative skills.

Division of Child Develoment Regional Trainings

Since April the NLI team has provided regional trainings for more than 200 Licensing Consultants and Environmental Rating Assessors statewide. These trainings provided the Division of Child Development staff members who attended the trainings with an opportunity to see outdoor settings with a more naturalized approach and to learn more about the research supporting the use of the naturalized built environment.

News from the Grand Opening of the Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape

Robin Moore attended the opening festivities for the Nature PlayScape at the Cincinnati Nature Center on August 16th.  The Natural Learning Initiative served as conceptual designers for the creation of the PlayScape as part of our collaboration with the University of Cincinnati.  Local children enjoyed the opening as much as Robin! 

Robin Moore speaking at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

Natural Learning Initiative director Robin Moore is speaking at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on Friday, July 29th. His presentation is entitled: Ecological design for children and families: Connecting healthy childhoods and a healthy planet

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