Natural Learning Initiative’s 20th Anniversary Design Institute

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Natural Learning Initiative’s 20th Anniversary Design Institute

May 14 - May 15

Natural Learning Initiative 20th Anniversary Event

Re-Naturing Urban Childhood: Towards a Healthy, Sustainable Culture

Re-Naturing increases biodiversity and supports positive human development: it broadens the diversity of children’s play and learning experiences, contributes to positive physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, boosts human immune systems, calms and de-stresses, exposes children to living ecosystems and stimulates their curiosity to explore the wonders of nature early in life. Learn More About This Event >>

May 14-15, 2020 | NC Museum of Art | Raleigh, NC

Confirmed Speakers

  • Louise Chawla, PhD
    Professor Emerita, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Cam Collyer, MA
    Executive Lead, Children, Nature, Schoolgrounds, Evergreen, Toronto, Canada
  • Nilda Cosco, PhD
    Associate Research Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Programs, NLI, NC State University
  • Roger Hart, PhD
    Professor, Director Children’s Environments Research Group (CERG), City University of New York
  • Isami Kinoshita, PhD
    Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba University, Japan
  • Karla Leonhardt-Zacharias
    Cultural Pedagogue, PA/Speilkultur, Munich, Germany
  • Robin Moore, MCP, HonASLA
    Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director, NLI, NC State University

Confirmed Panelists

  • Cari Browning, MA
    Physical Activity Coordinator, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, Texas Department of State Health Services, TX
  • Linda Kinney, MA
    kidZone/Playful Pedagogy, Conservation Education and Science, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC
  • Charles Klein, PhD
    Associate Professors, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX.
  • Michele Kloda, MS
    Director of Learning Environments, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC.
  • Joanna Lelekacs, MLA, PLA
    Director of Education, North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Sarah Konradi, PLA
    Program Director, Early Childhood Health Outdoors ECHO, National Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mountain Regional Center, Denver, CO.
  • Misty Pearson, M Ed
    Early Care and Education Consultant, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention
    Department of Health & Environmental Control, SC
  • Charles Yelton, MS
    Regional Network Chief, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC


May 14
May 15


College of Design


NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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