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Conestee Nature Preserve: Nature Playscape

Conestee Nature Preserve: Nature Playscape

NLI is working with Conestee Nature Preserve, Greenville, SC, to playfully engage children and families with diverse plants and ... 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, ... 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 Report 2022

Certificate Course Report 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

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

Rash Field Park Opening

Rash Field Park Opening

NLI designers Mary Archer and Brandon Dupree had the pleasure of visiting Rash Field Park in Baltimore, MD on November 6th, just after ... read more

Necessity of Urban Green Space

Necessity of Urban Green Space

“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 building the Natural Learning Initiative into a successfully “evolving enterprise” with Dr. Nilda Cosco, NLI ... 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 ... 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