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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Thursday, April 20 • 9:45am - 11:00am
Health-Promoting, Nature-Based, Urban Design Policy: Living Playgrounds, Community School Grounds, and Playful Pathways Networks FILLING
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What if families with children were the focus of health-promoting, nature-based, urban design policy? The strong, empirical link between children’s experiences in nature and their psychological well-being and overall development supports the need for intentional, evidence-based design of natural, free play spaces for children and families. Urban environments for children need to be high quality and compelling enough to motivate healthy, active lifestyles. Three relevant, policy-sensitive urban land uses serving children and families will be showcased: playgrounds; shared-use school grounds; and pathway networks (streets, greenways, and trails) connecting to residential neighborhoods. Infusing play along shared use urban pathways, green streets, greenways, rails-to-trails, and in parks can support active lifestyles of children and families. The session will feature recently-published resources containing best practice design principles, present case examples, offer implementation strategies (including partnerships for creating naturalized environments, and reflect on policy implications). Discover how naturalized spaces can attract children and families outdoors, promote physical activity, provide unique learning opportunities, increase play value, and reconnect children to the wonders of nature. Participants will leave with valuable design guidebooks to inspire action back home.

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Nilda Cosco

Research Associate Professor, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University
Nilda Cosco, PhD, Research Associate Professor and Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University. Dr. Cosco holds a degree in Educational Psychology, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina and a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, Heriot-Watt... Read More →
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Robin Moore

Professor, NC State University
Co-founder (2000, with Dr. Nilda Cosco), Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University. Degrees in architecture (London) and city and regional planning (MIT). Applies an environment & behavior, interdisciplinary approach to built environment action research... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)