Screen Free Week May 4 to May 10

Let's go screen free! Plant a flower or tomato with the extra time. A walk around the block is another great alternative! Screen...

Nature Play and Learning Places


Robin Moore's Biophilic Cities Webinar Series Presentation

View Robin Moore's presentation, Greening Urban Childhood, which was offered as part of the Fostering Connections with the Natural World Webinar series. The Biophilic Cities Project is out of the University of Virginia's School of Architecture and is focussed on the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities.

Growing IN Place Symposium Presentations Now Available

The 8th Annual Growing IN Place Symposium was held March 5, 2015 at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC.  This years theme, Green Neighborhood Assets: Streets, Houses, Schools, Parks, Food, addressed planning and design policies that support the need for an urban public realm designed to support culturally diverse, socially stimulating, healthy lifestyles. Visit the Growing IN Place page to access the recorded presentations from the event.


POD-Wake Gathering and Tour

We hope you will join your POD-Wake and Wake County Smart Start colleagues to share progress in creating rich, developmentally appropriate naturalized OLEs. Technical presentations, showcase displays, and a bus tour to three of eight POD-Wake OLEs will demonstrate how the POD approach can lengthen time outdoors, increase physcial activity, engage children in gardening, and support outdoor learning.

POD3 Western Regional Symposium

The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University is offering a one-day symposium, Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learningto early childhood professionals within and close to the western region of North Carolina.

We will explore ideas on how to design, plan, and manage the outdoor environment for early childhood through plenary presentations and hands-on sessions.