15th Annual Design Institute- Science Learning Outdoors – Oct 5-6, 2017

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NC State Natural Learning Initiative Design Institute flyerOutdoor activities have long been recognized for supporting learning across the curriculum and gardening acclaimed as a powerful motivator for improving children’s science competence. Hands-on outdoor work engages students in observing, exploring, experimenting, and discovering natural processes bringing a dynamic, motivational dimension to children’s learning.

Registration Fee:

General Registration: $290
Students, Early Childhood Professionals, Extension Agents, Master Gardeners, NC Teachers, State of North Carolina Employees, and Parks & Recreation Professionals: $195

Registration fee includes: two day Institute with presentations, discussions, interactive outdoor activities, continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.


Confirmed Speakers

The Reggio Emilia Approach to Outdoor Learning
Marcia Brooks, MID. Director and owner, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School, Durham, NC.

Science Learning and Daily Life
Nilda Cosco, PhD. Research Associate Professor, Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, NC State University.

The Joy of Science Learning Through Movement
Carlos Ferreira Neto, PhD. Professor of Human Motor Development, Coordinator of the Graduate Program on Child Development, College of Human Motor Skills, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.

The Natural World as a Resource for Learning and Development
Cathy Jordan, PhD, LP. Research Director, Children & Nature Network (C&NN). Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota.

Design for Outdoor Science Learning
Robin Moore, MCP, ASLA Hon. Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director, Natural learning Initiative, North Carolina State University.

Science (Play) and Learning
Kathy Trundle, PhD. Department Head and Professor, STEM Education, College of Education, North Carolina State University.

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