Upcoming Events:

Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learning 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 Learning, to early childhood professionals within and close to Western NC. We hope that you will join us!

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

Event details:
Registration: Click this link to access the online registration form
Event Date and time: May 14, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville, One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804
CEU credit will be available to all attendees upon completion of an online evaluation of the event
Event cost is $15, which includes continental breakfast, beverages, and CEUs. Please bring a brown bag lunch or enjoy one of UNC Asheville's dining options. (Info)
Registration Deadline: Wednesday May 7th. Maximum participants: 125
Download the event flyer at this link.


Playful Pedagogy

Playful Pedagogy, part of the N.C. Zoo's Education Division, offers professional development training to help professionals who engage with children regain their playful nature and develop strategies for encouraging play outside. This year Playful Pedagogy will offer all three levels of its Playing Out course that explores the value of play, practical applications for playwork, and outdoor spaces for play.

Information on training dates and registration can be found by clicking this link

Also come join us at the newly-opened kidZone!





2014 Conference: Save the Date: March 27, 2014
Location: NC Zoo Asheboro, NC

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Join us for the 7th Annual North Carolina Children and Nature (NCCAN!) Conference. We are expecting this year's conference to be something wonderful, we will return to where we began at the NC Zoo! In addition to the conference, attendees will get a preview of the New Kids Zone and other Zoo new exhibits that promote connections to nature. Hear from exciting speakers on topics related to early childhood development, education, health and wellness, teens and millennials, community action and the green industry. Share your thoughts and ideas and hear from others in our posters sessions, exhibit hall and our joint "shout out" session.

Come and have some fun networking with others from across the state and country, learn more about the children and nature movement in North Carolina and how NCCAN! serves as the regional contact for the national movement, and spend some time at the zoo, outdoors, and networking with some new friends. Collaboration and communication is the key!