NLI: Growing IN Place Symposium

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NLI: Growing IN Place Symposium

March 17, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Children and youth (0-17) in the USA number 74 million (the highest ever) but account for only a quarter of the U.S. population (the lowest ever). Approximately 85% live in urban areas. Metro areas accommodate a highly variable proportion of total population (18% – San Francisco, lowest; 55% – Laredo, highest).

How can urban design expose and restore urban nature so children and youth engage with compelling, equitable places for creative play and learning? How can nonformal education in nature enrich playful learning in the arts and sciences in the city. If learning no longer happens solely in school classrooms, can urban design and programming become an educational resource? How can cities be designed and managed to offer natural learning environments close at hand, to inspire young people to acquire a nature ethic?

Growing IN Place 2017 addresses these questions by considering urban planning and design policies that support contact and learning from nature of urban children and youth. Green networks of attractive, walkable/bikable pathways are needed, connecting homes to places where natural learning happens: schools, parks, community gardens, and cultural institutions — places designed to help young people identify with urban ecosystems.

Growing IN Place 2017 is framed for public/private sector practitioners, landscape architects, architects, planners, parks and recreation professionals, teachers and environmental educators, citizen activists, and elected officials. Professions that need to work together to create urban environments that support children’s natural curiosity and learning.


Natural Learning Initiative website


March 17, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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NC Museum of Natural Sciences
121 West Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27603
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