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.
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.
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.
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!
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
The Healthy Kids Healthy Lives series directed by Jeff Smith for UNC TV's daily series NC NOW, features Natural Learning Initiative projects in two of the segments. Both segments provide great footage of NLI's designs in action, being used with enthusiasm by North Carolina kids!
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) at North Carolina State University are building a team of 15 highly motivated, creative interns between the ages of 18 and 25 for the US Department of Interior's 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps. First hand accounts of intern activities are available on this blog.