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.

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! 

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