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Play Chastain

Play Chastain

ProjectPlay Chastain was part of the 20-year Master Plan for Atlanta’s Chastain Park. As a member of the design team, with Harrison ... read more

NLI Receives DHEC Appreciation Coin

NLI Receives DHEC Appreciation Coin

NLI Receives DHEC Appreciation Coin Presented to NLI by Agency Director, Dr. Simmer    Recognizes partners addressing the health and ... read more

Grow Outdoors South Carolina Launch

Grow Outdoors South Carolina Launch

ProjectGrow Outdoors SC, launched at the MEGA Child Development Center, Gilbert, SC (12-11-23), is a unique partnership of two SC ... read more

Happy Holidays 2023

Happy Holidays 2023

Happy Holidays from the Natural Learning Initiative! Join us as we celebrate nature play and learning with our holiday postcard. read more

Supporting Naturalized Outdoor Play and Learning Environments in North Carolina Child Care Facilities

Supporting Naturalized Outdoor Play and Learning Environments in North Carolina Child Care Facilities

Project During the Fall of 2023, NLI collaborated with Horticultural Science, NC State, to implement nature-based design interventions ... read more

OLE at Glencoe Mill Village

OLE at Glencoe Mill Village

ProjectThe Outdoor Learning Environment in Glencoe Mill Village Historic District, Burlington, NC, was initiated by the Alamance ... read more

The Catawba Nation iswa Early Learning Center

The Catawba Nation iswa Early Learning Center

ProjectThe Catawba Nation, iswa Early Learning Center is working with NLI to naturalize their outdoor play and learning environment ... read more

North Carolina Division of Child Development Early Education

North Carolina Division of Child Development Early Education

In 2011, Creating a Supportive Network was successfully implemented in North Carolina as a collaborative project of the North Carolina ... read more

Children’s Rights to a Healthy Future

Children’s Rights to a Healthy Future

Children’s right to a healthy future made historic progress in August 2023 when a group of Montana youth won a case re-affirming this ... read more

NLI’s Community of Interest

NLI’s Community of Interest

Thank you for taking part in NLI’s “community of interest” (COI) by subscribing to the Natural Learning Initiative Newsletter and ... read more

Texas Tech Colleague Wins 2023 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in Research

Texas Tech Colleague Wins 2023 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in Research

​NLI Colleague Nazia Afrin Trina, MLA Student at Texas Tech University, was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in the Research ... read more

EDRA Awards 2023

EDRA Awards 2023

The 2023 Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Career and Organization Awards go to Robin Moore and the Natural Learning ... read more

Design interventions at Washington Terrace (WT)

Design interventions at Washington Terrace (WT)

Design interventions at Washington Terrace (WT), a 23-acre, rebuilt neighborhood in East Raleigh’s historic African American ... read more

The future is a playground – Washington Post Article

The future is a playground – Washington Post Article

NLI’s Robin Moore was recently cited in a Washington Post article on the future of playgrounds. The article highlights several play ... read more

Nemours Children’s Health Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Technical Assistance Program Convening 2023

Nemours Children’s Health Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Technical Assistance Program Convening 2023

NLI attended a virtual convening hosted from June 6-7 by the Nemours Children’s Health National Office of Policy and Prevention. This ... read more

Kids Together Playground

Kids Together Playground

ProjectKids Together Playground (KTP) is a universally designed, family-focused urban landscape demonstrating how success can emerge ... read more

Texas Tech Colleague Wins Poster Competition

Texas Tech Colleague Wins Poster Competition

Nazia Afrin Trina wins first place in the Graduate Student Poster Competition organized by the Texas Tech University Obesity Research ... read more

Earth Day 2023

Earth Day 2023

“EVERYTHING SHOULD HAVE NATURE” was a World Environment Day message from an 11-year-old for the International Year of the Child ... read more

Free Wood Chips!

Free Wood Chips!

Local arborist companies often provide free wood chips from trees they trim to anyone in the area who requests them.Chips may include ... read more

Start Small–With A Vision

Start Small–With A Vision

Kim Shaw will be giving a Keynote at Antioch University during the In Bloom ConferenceEducators observe children’s affinity to be ... read more

NLI’s Early Childhood Professional Development Program on a roll!

NLI’s Early Childhood Professional Development Program on a roll!

In 2022, NLI offered five Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments courses to designers and educators. The 170+ participants left ... read more

Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve

Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve

The regenerative power of nature continues to inspire NLI’s passion for restoring biodiversity to hundreds of patches of dirt to ... read more

Need and Interest in Nature Prescriptions to Protect Cardiovascular and Mental Health

Need and Interest in Nature Prescriptions to Protect Cardiovascular and Mental Health

A Nationally-Representative Study With Insights for Future Randomised TrialsNLI Director, Dr. Deepti Adlakha worked alongside ... read more

Happy Holidays 2022

Happy Holidays 2022

Happy Holidays from the Natural Learning Initiative! Join us as we celebrate nature play and learning with our holiday postcard. read more

Where are the Bacon Seeds?

Where are the Bacon Seeds?

This preschooler quote introduced Dr. Nilda Cosco’s closing keynote to the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). ... read more

NLI session at the 2022 NC Extension State Conference

NLI session at the 2022 NC Extension State Conference

NLI presented a session led by Laura Lloyd and Bria Sledge at the 2022 Extension State Conference, Greensboro, NC, in October 2022. ... read more

Micromobility Research with SPIN

Micromobility Research with SPIN

NLI Director Deepti Adlakha has been awarded a research contract to study micromobility across the NCSU campus alongside fellow ... read more

NLI at the NEAFCS Annual Session

NLI at the NEAFCS Annual Session

Mid-September, enthusiastic cooperative extension professionals, interested in early childhood gardening and healthy eating toured the ... read more

Deepti Adlakha at Restorative Cities + Urban Mental Health Roundtable

Deepti Adlakha at Restorative Cities + Urban Mental Health Roundtable

NLI Director, Dr. Deepti Adlakha, was a panelist at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture’s Restorative Cities + Urban ... read more

Children Who Play in Forests and Parklands Rather Than Gravel Yards Have Stronger Immune Systems

Children Who Play in Forests and Parklands Rather Than Gravel Yards Have Stronger Immune Systems

Finnish researchers added greenery and soil to daycare outdoor play areas.Findings Children got an immune boost and more diverse ... read more

Conestee Nature Preserve: Nature Playscape

Conestee Nature Preserve: Nature Playscape

ProjectThe Nature Playscape at Conestee Nature Preserve (CNP), Greenville, SC, offers a bounded space dedicated to childhood freedom ... read more

Healthy, Equitable and Inclusive Childhoods via Childcare Outdoor Design

Healthy, Equitable and Inclusive Childhoods via Childcare Outdoor Design

NLI and SC partners presented at Health in All Design, the 53rd Environmental Design Research Association Conference (EDRA), ... read more

Social Media Mining to Inform Park Use and Public Health Decision-Making

Social Media Mining to Inform Park Use and Public Health Decision-Making

Research Question: Are tweets about parks and public health a valid source of data to inform practitioner decision-making about ... read more

Deepti Adlakha Research Published in Lancet Global Health Series

Deepti Adlakha Research Published in Lancet Global Health Series

NLI Director, Dr. Deepti Adlakha's latest research work was published as The Lancet Global Health Series on Urban Design, Transport ... read more

Biophilic Design of Biotopes

Biophilic Design of Biotopes

Thank you for visiting NLI to further explore topics presented in the Moore and Cosco interactive poster Creating Biotopes as ... read more

Nilda Cosco Honored with Multiple Awards

Nilda Cosco Honored with Multiple Awards

Dr. Nilda Cosco, Research Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Director of Programs, Natural ... read more

Caring for our home in the Universe: Earth Day 2022

Caring for our home in the Universe: Earth Day 2022

Join NLI in celebrating Earth Day 2022! Take time to tune into nature. Think of new ways to care for our planet. Be inspired by the ... read more

Healthy Kids: No Batteries Required

Healthy Kids: No Batteries Required

In a journey of discovery spanning six decades, Robin Moore has explored the connections between human development and the natural world. His ideas may hold the key to raising healthy children in the digital age. read more

Certificate Course Participant Survey Results 2022

Certificate Course Participant Survey Results 2022

The NLI Professional Development Team surveyed past participants of the Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments Certificate to ... read more

Moore Montessori Community School (MMCS) teacher workshop

Moore Montessori Community School (MMCS) teacher workshop

ProjectMMCS is a public charter school serving Moore County, North Carolina. The design-programming workshop led by Robin Moore and ... read more

The Necessity of Urban Green Space for Children’s Optimal Development

The Necessity of Urban Green Space for Children’s Optimal Development

“Green spaces can significantly benefit children’s physical, mental and social development – from infancy into adulthood,” according ... read more

Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton

After 21 exciting years of building the Natural Learning Initiative into a successfully “evolving enterprise” with Dr. Nilda Cosco, ... read more

Cari Browning from Department of State Health Services (DSHS) talks About OLE! Texas

Cari Browning from Department of State Health Services (DSHS) talks About OLE! Texas

On April 6th Cari Browning sat down with Sarah Coles, Texas Children in Nature Network Executive Director, to talk about the OLE! ... read more

New NLI Leadership

New NLI Leadership

Founding NLI Director Robin Moore will enter 3-year phased retirement in July 2021 and continue contributing to NLI’s wide-ranging ... read more

Designing School Grounds to Integrate Nature, Learning, and Health

Designing School Grounds to Integrate Nature, Learning, and Health

Children and youth have a legal obligation to attend school. School environments, especially public ... read more

Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021

Join us in celebrating Earth Day! It is a great opportunity to pause and enjoy nature as we ponder new ways to take care of our ... read more

Robin Moore, NLI Director, is honored by NC State University and the U.S. Play Coalition

Robin Moore, NLI Director, is honored by NC State University and the U.S. Play Coalition

Robin is a recipient of the 2020-2021 ​Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest academic honor bestowed by the NC ... read more

Happy Holidays! 2020

Happy Holidays! 2020

Happy Holidays from the Natural Learning Initiative! Join us as we celebrate nature play and learning with our holiday postcard. read more

Play and Public Place: Making Cities Child Friendly in the Post Pandemic World

Play and Public Place: Making Cities Child Friendly in the Post Pandemic World

Happy Earth Day! Check out these activities that you can do at home to celebrate. read more

Rethink Outside: Getting Kids Outdoors as Early as Possible

Rethink Outside: Getting Kids Outdoors as Early as Possible

POD provides landscape design seed money and teaches childcare center owners how to create learning environments that pull teachers and students outdoors. read more

Let’s Go Outdoors! Webinar

Let’s Go Outdoors! Webinar

A conversation about childcare outdoor play and learning during the pandemic. read more

Oakland Declaration

Oakland Declaration

The Nature-Based Learning Network gathering at the Children & Nature Network International Leadership Summit provided an opportunity to create an international declaration on nature-based learning. read more

<strong>COVID Support</strong> <em>we’re all in this together!</em>

COVID Support we’re all in this together!

Early childhood outdoor play and learning resources. read more

Earth Day!

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Check out these activities that you can do at home to celebrate. read more

20th Anniversary NLI Design Institute

20th Anniversary NLI Design Institute

We are happy to announce that the Design Institute will be held virtually on March 25-26, 2021. read more

Happy Holidays! 2019

Happy Holidays! 2019

Happy Holidays from the Natural Learning Initiative! Join us as we celebrate 20 years of nature play and learning with our Christmas postcard. read more

2019 Nordic Symposium

2019 Nordic Symposium

Nilda Cosco, PhD, Director of Programs at the Natural Learning Initiative participated in the 2019 Nordic Symposium that took place at the Sarah Lawrence College from April 5-6. read more

Nature-Based Learning Literature Review published

Nature-Based Learning Literature Review published

Nature-based learning is supported by up-date-scientific evidence in a recent literature review in Frontiers in Psychology. read more

Lunchbox Talk: Contact with Nature = Healthy Child Development

Lunchbox Talk: Contact with Nature = Healthy Child Development

Join NLI's Nilda Cosco and Robin Moore at the NC Botanical Garden on April 25th for their Lunchbox Talk about how being in contact ... read more

Moore and Cosco presented at the 15th International Congress of Educating Cities, Cascais, Portugal

Moore and Cosco presented at the 15th International Congress of Educating Cities, Cascais, Portugal

Join NLI's Nilda Cosco and Robin Moore at the NC Botanical Garden on April 25th for a Lunchbox Talk about how being in contact with ... read more

Happy Holidays from NLI! 2018

Happy Holidays from NLI! 2018

Happy Holidays from the Natural Learning Initiative!     read more

Dr. Nilda Cosco presents poster at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior annual conference, Minneapolis, July 2018

Dr. Nilda Cosco presents poster at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior annual conference, Minneapolis, July 2018

USDA COLEAFS is a five-year investigation (RCT) of gardening by 3-4 year olds attending childcare centers to assess its impact on ... read more

Proud to support Blue Cross NC as they bring TeamFNV to NC!

Proud to support Blue Cross NC as they bring TeamFNV to NC!

The Natural Learning Initiative is proud to support Blue Cross NC as they bring TeamFNV to NC! Excited to spread the love for fruits ... read more

John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report

John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report

The John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report is a glimpse of the foundation’s impact on the Wake County community over the past 15 ... read more

Presentation at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil

Presentation at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil

The Natural Learning Initiative's Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco presented on Designing for the Next Generation of Planetary ... read more

Sir Walter Raleigh Award – Public Service

Sir Walter Raleigh Award – Public Service

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center, participant of the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) project, along with ... read more