The Natural Learning Initiative has been visiting recent Shape NC and Infant-Toddler sites in Wake County to meet teachers, observe children, and enjoy OLE improvements. Conversations with center directors were as always informative, hearing how quality was upgraded using modest, inexpensive materials during COVID, and thoughts about impacts on children's health and development. To learn more about NLI’s programs and center OLEs, please click here.
Bria Sledge presented at the monthly National Extension Master Gardener Coordinators workshop on the Gardening Activity Guide: A resource to promote vegetable and fruit gardening with young children and other NLI resources. For more information about the Gardening Activity Guide or to download it, click here.
NLI design staff, Mary Archer and Brandon Dupree, had the pleasure of visiting Rash Field Park in Baltimore, MD. NLI partnered with Mahan Rykiel Associates and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to create engaging, high quality play settings interlaced with native plantings and shade trees within a new urban park overlooking Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Since 2000, the NLI mission has been driven by interdisciplinary, professional staff working with landscape architecture and PhD in Design students (50+ to date), who have contributed immeasurably to NLI’s efforts to create innovative places for children and families, conduct research, disseminate results, influence policy, and inspire practitioners.